Definition of telamon in English:


Syllabification: tel·a·mon
Pronunciation: /ˈteləˌmän

noun (plural telamones /ˌteləˈmōnēz/)

  • A male figure used as a pillar to support an entablature or other structure.
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    • The entablature is supported by four beturbaned telamones; in the centre is the draped sarcophagus.
    • The presbytery is a late Renaissance masterpiece composing a choir, a Temple by Pellegrini, two pulpits with giant telamones covered in copper and bronze, and two large organs.
    • Between them stood impressive statues of giants, the telamones, which functioned as load-bearing supports for the structure.


early 17th century: via Latin from Greek telamōnes, plural of Telamōn, the name of a mythical hero.

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