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entablature

Line breaks: en|tab¦la|ture
Pronunciation: /ɛnˈtablətʃə
 
, ɪn-/

Definition of entablature in English:

noun

Architecture
The upper part of a classical building supported by columns or a colonnade, comprising the architrave, frieze, and cornice.
Example sentences
  • Each column supported an appropriate entablature, on the frieze of which was inscribed Pro Patria, ‘reminding the legislator of the end and object of his delegation.’
  • I've never seen so many colonnades, entablatures, pediments, porticos, coffered ceilings and statues adorning so many structures.
  • You find the abacus between the triglyphs in the frieze section of the entablature of classical Greek Doric temples.

Origin

early 17th century (formerly also as intablature): from Italian intavolatura 'boarding' (partly via French entablement 'entablement'), from intavolare 'board up' (based on tavola 'table').

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