Definition of telamon in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈteləˌmän/

noun (plural telamones /ˌteləˈmōnēz/)

A male figure used as a pillar to support an entablature or other structure.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Words that rhyme with telamon

cellarman, cellarmen

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Syllabification: tel·a·mon

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