Origin of pediment
Examples from the Web for pediment
Historical Examples of pediment
Occasionally there were a cornice and pediment over the entrance.Architecture
Thomas Roger Smith
At centre, under the gallery, the entrance-door, with twisted posts and pediment.Erdgeist (Earth-Spirit)
Could he but gain the pediment in this wise, the rest of the descent would not be difficult.Gerald Fitzgerald
Charles James Lever
Above in the pediment are a Virgin and Child with kneeling angels.
The main cornice is larger, but the pediment is perfectly plain.
Word Origin for pediment
triangular part of the facade of a Greek-style building, 1660s, alteration of periment, peremint (1590s), of unknown origin, "said to be a workmen's term" [OED]; probably a dialectal garbling of pyramid, the connection perhaps being the triangular shape. Sometimes associated with ped- "foot." Other possibilities include Latin pedamentum "vine-stalk, prop," and Italian pedamento, which at the time this word entered English meant "foundation, basework, footing." Meaning "base, foundation" is from 1726, by inflience of Latin pedem "foot."