[kuh-vet-oh; Italian kah-vet-taw]

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.

Nearby words

  1. cavernous nerve of penis,
  2. cavernous rale,
  3. cavernous sinus,
  4. cavernous sinus syndrome,
  5. cavesson,
  6. caviar,
  7. cavicorn,
  8. cavie,
  9. cavil,
  10. cavill

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. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cavetto


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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