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trumeau

[troo-moh; French try-moh]
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noun, plural tru·meaux [troo-mohz; French try-moh] /truˈmoʊz; French trüˈmoʊ/.
  1. a mirror having a painted or carved panel above or below the glass in the same frame.
  2. Architecture. a column supporting a tympanum of a doorway at its center.
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Origin of trumeau

From French
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Historical Examples

  • Observe that the trumeau was made narrow at its base, in order to let pass the pilgrim throngs.

    How France Built Her Cathedrals

    Elizabeth Boyle O'Reilly

  • The present image at the trumeau is a fragment saved from the late-Gothic Chartreuse of the Valois dukes.

    How France Built Her Cathedrals

    Elizabeth Boyle O'Reilly


British Dictionary definitions for trumeau

trumeau

noun plural -meaux (-ˈməʊz)
  1. architect a section of a wall or pillar between two openings
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Word Origin

from French
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Word Origin and History for trumeau

n.

1883, from French trumeau, literally "calf of the leg."

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