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modillion

Syllabification: mo·dil·lion
Pronunciation: /mōˈdilyən
 
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Definition of modillion in English:

noun

Architecture
A projecting bracket under the corona of a cornice in the Corinthian and other orders.
Example sentences
  • A heavy cornice with dentils and modillions and a boxlike parapet with a decorative panel at the center crown the facade.
  • The Romans invented a distinct cornice for the Corinthian order, characterized by large projecting modillions embellished with acanthus leaves.
  • The windows are surmounted by rusticated wooden jack arches with superimposed keystones, and a heavy modillion cornice crowns the bold Georgian proportions of the facade.

Origin

mid 16th century: from French modillon, from Italian modiglione, based on Latin mutulus 'mutule'.

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