Definition of architrave in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɑːkɪtreɪv/


1(In classical architecture) a main beam resting across the tops of columns.
Example sentences
  • While many may think of the classical tradition of Greek culture, such as that articulated in the columns and architraves of the Parthenon, Calatrava also drew from a later Greek tradition: the Byzantine.
  • When elements such as columns, capitals, architraves and lintels reveal clear Greek, Roman and Byzantine influences, it is often because they were simply usurped from earlier buildings on this or other nearby sites.
  • Another said, ‘It is far from a good design - the elevation shows columns, architraves, a pediment as though it were a stone building in the Grecian style - instead being but wood.’
2The moulded frame around a doorway or window.
Example sentences
  • He gave the monumental facades along K Street and 15th Street elaborately detailed copper window architraves, stringcourses, cornices, and escutcheons.
  • Behind this is a gracious entrance hallway with a high ceiling and many original features, including decorative ceiling cornices, architraves and a dado rail.
  • The Doric architrave framing the door and the carved cornice are both wood.
2.1A moulding round the exterior of an arch.
Example sentences
  • The architrave of a perfect Renaissance arch has rotted to the texture of old peach stone.


Mid 16th century: from French, from Italian, from archi- 'chief' + -trave from Latin trabs, trab- 'a beam'.

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