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[en-tab-luh-cher, -choo r]
noun Architecture.
  1. the entire construction of a classical temple or the like between the columns and the eaves, usually composed of an architrave, a frieze, and a cornice.
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Origin of entablature

1605–15; < Middle French < Italian intavolatura; see in-2, table, -ate1, -ure
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Historical Examples

  • The entablature (Fig. 70) is, generally speaking, richer than that of the Doric order.


    Thomas Roger Smith

  • The entablature is a positive triumph in cornice, frieze and architrave.

  • Only the entablature is visible, richly carved with garlands.

  • The pedestal and base are equal in vertical dimensions to the entablature and capital.

  • Such inscriptions were ordinarily placed on the entablature of the portico.

British Dictionary definitions for entablature


noun architect
  1. the part of a classical temple above the columns, having an architrave, a frieze, and a cornice
  2. any construction of similar form
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Word Origin

C17: from French, from Italian intavolatura something put on a table, hence, something laid flat, from tavola table, from Latin tabula table
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Word Origin and History for entablature


1610s, nativization of Italian intavolatura; see en- (1) + tablature.

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