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frieze1

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noun
  1. 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.
  2. any decorative band at the top or beneath the cornice of an interior wall, a piece of furniture, etc.
  3. Furniture. skirt(def 6b).
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Origin of frieze1

1555–65; < Middle French frise, perhaps < Medieval Latin phrygium, frigium, frisium embroidered cloth, embroidery, Latin Phrygium, neuter of Phrygius Phrygian
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frieze2

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  1. a heavy, napped woolen cloth for coats.
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Origin of frieze2

1350–1400; Middle English frise < Old French; see frieze1
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British Dictionary definitions for frieze

frieze1

noun
  1. 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
  2. any ornamental band or strip on a wall
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Word Origin

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

frieze2

noun
  1. a heavy woollen fabric with a long nap, used for coats, etc
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Word Origin

C15: from Old French frise, from Middle Dutch friese, vriese, perhaps from Vriese Frisian
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Word Origin and History for frieze

n.

"sculptured horizontal band in architecture," 1560s, from Middle French frise, originally "a ruff," from Medieval Latin frisium "embroidered border," variant of frigium, probably from Latin Phrygium "Phrygian, Phrygian work," from Phrygia, the ancient country in Asia Minor known for its embroidery (cf. Phrygiae vestes "ornate garments"). Meaning "decorative band along the top of a wall" was in Old French.

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frieze in Culture

frieze

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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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