Simple Definition of pediment
: a triangular area on the face of a building below the roof, above an entrance, etc.
Full Definition of pediment
1 : a triangular space that forms the gable of a low-pitched roof and that is usually filled with relief sculpture in classical architecture; also : a similar form used as a decoration
2 : a broad gently sloping bedrock surface with low relief that is situated at the base of a steeper slope and is usually thinly covered with alluvial gravel and sand
Origin of pediment
alteration of obsolete English periment, probably alteration of English pyramid
First Known Use: 1664
Rhymes with pediment
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