[ ar-is ]
/ ˈær ɪs /

noun Architecture.

a sharp ridge, as between adjoining channels of a Doric column.
the line, ridge, or hip formed by the meeting of two surfaces at an exterior angle.

Origin of arris

1670–80; < Middle French areste; see arête
Also called piend. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for arris

  • Old 'Arris is either dead and buried, or gorn away, or somethin'.

  • She would come to the front of the stage and say confidentially to the audience, "Do you know Lizzie 'Arris?"

  • A curved furrow, immediately adjoining its repetition, and separated from it only by an arris, as in the Doric column.

    History of Ancient Art|Franz von Reber

British Dictionary definitions for arris

/ (ˈærɪs) /

noun plural -ris or -rises

a sharp edge at the meeting of two surfaces at an angle with one another, as at two adjacent sides of a stone block

Word Origin for arris

C17: apparently from Old French areste beard of grain, sharp ridge; see arête
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