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noun Architecture.
  1. a molded or decorated band following the extrados of an arch or forming an archlike frame for an opening.
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Origin of archivolt

1725–35; < French archivolte < Italian archivolto < Medieval Latin *archivoltum, Latinization of Old French arvol < Late Latin arcus volūtus vaulted arch; see arch1, vault1
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Examples from the Web for archivolt

Historical Examples

  • Archivolt, the series of mouldings which is carried round an arch.


    Thomas Roger Smith

  • The archivolt is seven-fold and is an excellent piece of rich carving.

    Cathedral Cities of Spain

    William Wiehe Collins

  • In this archivolt there are only two heads to represent the zodiacal sign.

  • The archivolt which frames it, doubtless belonged to a 12th century tomb.

  • The great portal on the west is richly decorated in the archivolt.

British Dictionary definitions for archivolt


noun architect
  1. a moulding around an arch, sometimes decorated
  2. the under surface of an arch
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Word Origin

C18: from Italian archivolto; see arc, vault 1
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