Definition of dosseret in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdɒsərɛt/


An additional block of stone placed above an abacus in the columns of a Byzantine or Romanesque arcade.
Example sentences
  • The naves are divided by columns topped with dosserets and decorated with bas-reliefs.
  • The interior is divided into nave and aisles by Corinthian columns with high dosserets that rise to pointed arches.
  • On the north, the lowest of these marks is an X on the fourth course of the west dosseret of north wall of the aisle.


Mid 19th century: from French, diminutive of dossier 'back' (denoting a supporting structure).

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