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.

Nearby words

  1. trigger-happy,
  2. triggered activity,
  3. triggerfish,
  4. triggerman,
  5. triglyceride,
  6. trigo,
  7. trigon,
  8. trigon.,
  9. trigonal,
  10. trigonal trisoctahedron

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

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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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