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[moh-dil-yuh n, muh-]
noun Architecture.
  1. an ornamental cantilever beneath the corona or similar member of a cornice, stringcourse, etc.
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Origin of modillion

1555–65; < Italian modiglione < Vulgar Latin *mutiliōnem, variant of *mūtuliōnem, accusative of *mūtuliō. See mutule, -ion
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British Dictionary definitions for modillion


  1. architect one of a set of ornamental brackets under a cornice, esp as used in the Corinthian orderCompare mutule
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Word Origin

C16: via French from Italian modiglione, probably from Vulgar Latin mutiliō (unattested), from Latin mūtulus mutule
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