noun Architecture.

a structural member of a Doric frieze, separating two consecutive metopes, and consisting typically of a rectangular block with two vertical grooves or glyphs, and two chamfers or half grooves at the sides, together counting as a third glyph, and leaving three flat vertical bands on the face of the block.

Origin of triglyph

1555–65; < Latin triglyphus < Greek tríglyphos thrice-grooved, equivalent to tri- tri- + glyph(ḗ) glyph + -os adj. suffix
Related formstri·glyphed, adjectivetri·glyph·ic, tri·glyph·i·cal, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for triglyph

Historical Examples of triglyph

  • Triglyph, the channelled feature in the frieze of the Doric order.


    Thomas Roger Smith

  • The short band, corresponding to the triglyph, beneath the tnia moulding which crowns the epistyle; the listel.

    History of Ancient Art

    Franz von Reber

  • Hence the metopes next to the corner columns do not come out perfectly square, but are too broad by half the width of a triglyph.

  • Those who would make the metopes all alike, make the outermost intercolumniations narrower by half the width of a triglyph.

  • A triglyph is one of those blocks cut with vertical channels, which seem to rest upon the epistyle and to support the cornice.

British Dictionary definitions for triglyph



architect a stone block in a Doric frieze, having three vertical channels
Derived Formstriglyphic, adjective

Word Origin for triglyph

C16: via Latin from Greek trigluphos three-grooved, from tri- tri- + gluphē carving. See glyph
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