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frieze

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noun
Architecture.
  1. the part of a classical entablature between the architrave and the cornice, usually decorated with sculpture in low relief.
  2. any decorative band on an outside wall, broader than a stringcourse and bearing lettering, sculpture, etc.
any decorative band at the top or beneath the cornice of an interior wall, a piece of furniture, etc.
Furniture. skirt (def. 6b).
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Origin of frieze

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1555–65; <Middle French frise, perhaps <Medieval Latin phrygium, frigium, frisium embroidered cloth, embroidery, Latin Phrygium, neuter of Phrygius Phrygian

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH frieze

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Other definitions for frieze (2 of 2)

frieze2
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noun
a heavy, napped woolen cloth for coats.

Origin of frieze

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1350–1400; Middle English frise<Old French; see frieze1
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British Dictionary definitions for frieze (1 of 2)

frieze1
/ (friːz) /

noun
architect
  1. the horizontal band between the architrave and cornice of a classical entablature, esp one that is decorated with sculpture
  2. the upper part of the wall of a room, below the cornice, esp one that is decorated
any ornamental band or strip on a wall

Word Origin for frieze

C16: from French frise, perhaps from Medieval Latin frisium, changed from Latin Phrygium Phrygian (work), from Phrygia Phrygia, famous for embroidery in gold

British Dictionary definitions for frieze (2 of 2)

frieze2
/ (friːz) /

noun
a heavy woollen fabric with a long nap, used for coats, etc

Word Origin for frieze

C15: from Old French frise, from Middle Dutch friese, vriese, perhaps from Vriese Frisian
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Cultural definitions for frieze

frieze
[ (freez) ]

An ornamental band that runs around a building. Friezes are usually on the exterior of a building and are often sculpted in bas-relief.

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