[troo-moh; French try-moh]

noun, plural tru·meaux [troo-mohz; French try-moh] /truˈmoʊz; French trüˈmoʊ/.

a mirror having a painted or carved panel above or below the glass in the same frame.
Architecture. a column supporting a tympanum of a doorway at its center.

Origin of trumeau

From French Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for trumeau

Historical Examples of trumeau

  • 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


noun plural -meaux (-ˈməʊz)

architect a section of a wall or pillar between two openings

Word Origin for trumeau

from French
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for trumeau

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper