- 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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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 Villiers motto, Fidei coticula crux, The cross is the whetstone of faith, is inscribed on the frieze.Haunted London|Walter Thornbury
In São Vicente the cornice was carried on corbels crossing the frieze, and so was continuous258 and unbroken.Portuguese Architecture|Walter Crum Watson
His nests adorned the frieze, but they were full of squeaking youngsters and we could not shut the parents out.Sketches of the East Africa Campaign|Robert Valentine Dolbey
And on the frieze, done in gold-leaf too, was the Grecian lady of the lamps, always dancing.King--of the Khyber Rifles|Talbot Mundy
A background of humbler persons in homespun tunics with cloth or frieze hoods over their heads.English Costume|Dion Clayton Calthrop
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.