- 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.
- any decorative band at the top or beneath the cornice of an interior wall, a piece of furniture, etc.
- Furniture. skirt(def 6b).
Origin of frieze1
- a heavy, napped woolen cloth for coats.
Origin of frieze2
Examples 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?Virgin Sacrifice and the Meaning of the Parthenon
February 12, 2014
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
February 10, 2014
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
January 17, 2014
Since then, it has been screened at such venues as the British Film Institute, Southbank London (2008), Frieze Art Fair (2010).Seduced by Art & Beauty ‘At the House of Mr X’
January 17, 2014
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
October 17, 2013
Get from a wall-paper dealer a sample of a frieze for a papered room.Introductory American History
Henry Eldridge Bourne
Triglyph, the channelled feature in the frieze of the Doric order.
On the other hand, the frieze has no triglyphs, and but rarely sculpture.
The entablature is a positive triumph in cornice, frieze and architrave.The Colonial Architecture of Philadelphia
The cornice, of which the frieze is adorned with eight masks, rests on corbels.Portuguese Architecture
Walter Crum Watson
- 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
- any ornamental band or strip on a wall
- a heavy woollen fabric with a long nap, used for coats, etc
Word Origin and History for frieze
"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.
An ornamental band that runs around a building. Friezes are usually on the exterior of a building and are often sculpted in bas-relief.