[kawr-buh l]Architecture
verb (used with object), cor·beled, cor·bel·ing or (especially British) cor·belled, cor·bel·ling.
  1. to set (bricks, stones, etc.) so as to form a corbel or corbels (usually followed by out).
  2. to support by means of a corbel or corbels.

Origin of corbel

1375–1425; late Middle English < Middle French < Medieval Latin corvellus, equivalent to Latin corv(us) raven1 + -ellus diminutive suffix


noun Architecture.
  1. the construction of corbels.
  2. a system of corbels.
Also especially British, cor·bel·ling.

Origin of corbeling

First recorded in 1540–50; corbel + -ing1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for corbelling


US corbeling

  1. a set of corbels stepped outwards, one above another


  1. Also called: truss a bracket, usually of stone or brick
verb -bels, -belling or -belled or US -bels, -beling or -beled
  1. (tr) to lay (a stone or brick) so that it forms a corbel

Word Origin for corbel

C15: from Old French, literally: a little raven, from Medieval Latin corvellus, from Latin corvus raven
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Word Origin and History for corbelling



mid-14c., from Old French corbel, diminutive of corb "raven," from Latin corvus (see raven); so called from its beaked shape.

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