[ kuh-vet-oh; Italian kah-vet-taw ]
/ kəˈvɛt oʊ; Italian kɑˈvɛt tɔ /

noun, plural ca·vet·tos, ca·vet·ti [kuh-vet-ee; Italian kah-vet-tee] /kəˈvɛt i; Italian kɑˈvɛt ti/, Architecture.

a concave molding the outline of which is a quarter circle.


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Origin of cavetto

1670–80; < Italian, equivalent to cav(o) (< Latin cavus or cavum hollow place; see cave) + -etto -et Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for cavetto

/ (kəˈvɛtəʊ, Italian kaˈvetto) /

noun plural -ti (-tɪ, Italian -ti)

architect a concave moulding, shaped to a quarter circle in cross section

Word Origin for cavetto

C17: from Italian, from cavo hollow, from Latin cavus
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