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frieze

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noun \ˈfrēz or frē-ˈzā\

Definition of frieze

  1. 1 :  a heavy durable coarse wool and shoddy fabric with a rough surface

  2. 2 :  a pile surface of uncut loops or of patterned cut and uncut loops



Origin and Etymology of frieze

Middle English frise, from Anglo-French, from Middle Dutch vriese


First Known Use: 15th century


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frieze

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noun \ˈfrēz\

Definition of frieze

  1. 1 :  the part of an entablature between the architrave and the cornice

  2. 2 :  a sculptured or richly ornamented band (as on a building or piece of furniture)

  3. 3 :  a band, line, or series suggesting a frieze <a constant frieze of visitors wound its way around the … ruins — Mollie Panter-Downes>

friezelike

adjective


Origin and Etymology of frieze

Middle French frise, perhaps from Medieval Latin phrygium, frisium embroidered cloth, from Latin phrygium, from neuter of Phrygius Phrygian, from Phrygia


First Known Use: 1563

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FRIEZE Defined for Kids

frieze

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noun \ˈfrēz\

Definition of frieze for Students

  1. :  a band or stripe (as around a building) used as a decoration




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