[ met-uh-pee, -ohp ]
/ ˈmɛt əˌpi, -oʊp /

noun Architecture.

any of the square spaces, either decorated or plain, between triglyphs in the Doric frieze.

Origin of metope

First recorded in 1555–65, metope is from the Greek word metópē
Also called intertriglyph. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for metope

/ (ˈmɛtəʊp, ˈmɛtəpɪ) /


architect a square space between two triglyphs in a Doric frieze

Word Origin for metope

C16: via Latin from Greek metopē, from meta between + opē one of the holes for the beam-ends
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