Definition of triglyph in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtrīɡlif/


A tablet in a Doric frieze with three vertical grooves. Triglyphs alternate with metopes.
Example sentences
  • Sansovino could have designed a rusticated flat arch for the herms to carry, or even a simple Tuscan entablature without metopes and triglyphs, but instead he chose the Doric.
  • Morgan here says you find the abacus between the triglyphs in the frieze section of the entablature of classical Greek Doric temples.
  • Three hours later the woodshed had acquired a doorcase in strict neoclassical style, with pilasters, triglyphs, and a cornice, and he was looking positively pleased with himself, as he rolled off up the hill to face the music.



Pronunciation: /trīˈɡlifik/
Example sentences
  • It was Nhàn's idea to publish a triglyphic edition of Hô Xuân Hu'o'ng's poetry with Balaban's translation of quóc-ngù into English.
  • All smoothly plastered elevations were completed by a wide triglyphic frieze, with a row of kragsteins and profiled cornice above.
  • Neither the triglyphic nor the monoglyphic polyps were significantly different in size from the diglyphic ones.


Mid 16th century: via Latin from Greek trigluphos, from tri- 'three' + gluphē 'carving'.

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Syllabification: tri·glyph

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