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dentil Line breaks: den¦til
Pronunciation: /ˈdɛntɪl/

Definition of dentil in English:


[often as modifier]
(In classical architecture) one of a number of small rectangular blocks resembling teeth, used as a decoration under the moulding of a cornice: a dentil frieze
More example sentences
  • Highlighted items are the paintwork gilding to the capitals in the entrance hall and dentil frieze details in the dining room.
  • Perhaps inspired by the elegant Georgian style houses he recalled from his boyhood in Haverhill, Massachusetts, he trimmed his two-story clapboarded house with quoins and a cornice with dentils.
  • The marble was part of the dentil moulding that serves as a frame for the frieze of statues atop the court's main entrance.


Late 16th century: from Italian dentello or obsolete French dentille, diminutive of dent 'tooth', from Latin dens, dent-.

Words that rhyme with dentil

lentil, ventil
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