[oh-jee, oh-jee]


a double curve, resembling the letter S, formed by the union of a concave and a convex line.
Also called gula. Architecture. a molding with such a curve for a profile; cyma. Abbreviation: O.G., o.g.

Origin of ogee

1275–1325; Middle English ogeus, oggez (plural), variant (by assimilation of f) of oggifs, presumed singular oggif diagonal rib of a vault < Anglo-French, Old French ogive ogive
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Historical Examples of ogee

  • Small windows have heads shaped in the ogee or trefoil forms.

    English Villages

    P. H. Ditchfield

  • Second, because the ogee has in it, in a combined form, the outlines of nearly all the other types.

  • It is capable of use with other moldings, and may be reversed with just as good effect as the ogee.

  • On this band we can apply the ogee type (Fig. 199) right side up.

  • But for variation we may decide to use the ogee reversed, as in Fig. 200.

British Dictionary definitions for ogee


noun architect

Also called: talon a moulding having a cross section in the form of a letter S
short for ogee arch

Word Origin for ogee

C15: probably variant of ogive
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Word Origin and History for ogee

"S-shaped molding," 1670s, from French ogive "diagonal rib of a vault," earlier augive, of unknown origin. Related: ogival.

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