- the architrave of a classical building.
Origin of epistyle
1555–65; < Latin epistȳlium the crossbeam resting on the column < Greek epistŷlion crossbeam of architrave (epi- epi- + stŷl(os) a column, pillar, post + -ion diminutive suffix)
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Examples from the Web for epistyle
The epistyle is commonly spoken of by its Roman name, architrave.
The stone beams of the epistyle lay from axis to axis of the columns.
VI, may be said to have no frieze, but epistyle and cornice only.How to judge architecture
Both faades were surmounted by epistyle, frieze and pediment.Problems in Periclean Buildings
G. W. Elderkin
The dentils appear in the cornice, it being possible for them to take their true position upon the epistyle.
- another name for architrave (def. 1)
C17: via Latin epistӯlium from Greek epistulion, from epi- + stulos column, style