- the part of a classical entablature between the architrave and the cornice, usually decorated with sculpture in low relief.
- any decorative band on an outside wall, broader than a stringcourse and bearing lettering, sculpture, etc.
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WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH friezefreeze, frieze
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Definition for frieze (2 of 2)
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Example sentences from the Web for frieze
So does the Parthenon frieze depict virgin sacrifice, and was it built over the tomb of these maidens of myth?
This notion of fashion as a kind of wearable narrative is in evidence at industry gatherings like Frieze and Art Basel.From Prada Mural Coats to Dover Street, Fashion’s Art Moment|Bethan Holt|February 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It did not get made due to lack of financing but then Frieze went and did it, which is annoying!Joshua Compston Was Once the Wunderkind of the British Art World…and Now He’s Been Practically Forgotten|Anthony Haden-Guest|January 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Since then, it has been screened at such venues as the British Film Institute, Southbank London (2008), Frieze Art Fair (2010).
From a 48 portraits of young men and women to a Jeff Koons lobster, the must-see art at Frieze London, which opens on Thursday.The 15 Best Things to See at Frieze Art Fair London 2013|Chloë Ashby|October 17, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The side walls are surmounted with a chaste frieze, and running towards the base are “stations” and statues of saints.Our Churches and Chapels|Atticus
They are crowned with capitals of bronze and support the enormous beam of a frieze formed of six polished blocks.Ways of War and Peace|Delia Austrian
They saw faint images of painted martyrs and angels peering down from the frieze and vaulting.God Wills It!|William Stearns Davis
Over this they usually wear a sleeveless jacket of brown frieze, and the cap is of light brown felt, shaped like half a gourd.The Cradle of Mankind|W.A. Wigram
The frieze was composed of a tricusped arcade with small columns carried on corbels with carved heads.Ypres and the Battles of Ypres|Unknown
British Dictionary definitions for frieze (1 of 2)
- the horizontal band between the architrave and cornice of a classical entablature, esp one that is decorated with sculpture
- the upper part of the wall of a room, below the cornice, esp one that is decorated
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British Dictionary definitions for frieze (2 of 2)
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Cultural definitions for frieze
An ornamental band that runs around a building. Friezes are usually on the exterior of a building and are often sculpted in bas-relief.