Definition of trumeau in English:

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Pronunciation: /tro͞oˈmō/

noun (plural trumeaux /-ˈmōz/ /-ˈmō/)

A section of wall or a pillar between two openings, especially a pillar dividing a large doorway in a church.
Example sentences
  • This ornamental display registers from a considerable distance and effectively dominates the portal, though statues may have been planned for the trumeau and lateral niches beneath.
  • As the author has argued in his consideration of the Souillac trumeau, such monstrous mouths could evoke a multiplicity of meanings for the monastic audience.
  • No tympanum was ever carved, however, only the trumeau to support one, together with a similarly carved block and some subsidiary reliefs.


Late 19th century: from French, literally 'calf of the leg'.

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Syllabification: tru·meau

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