antefix

noun

an·​te·​fix ˈan-ti-ˌfiks How to pronounce antefix (audio)
plural antefixae ˈan-ti-ˌfik-ˌsē How to pronounce antefix (audio) or antefixes ˈan-ti-ˌfik-səz How to pronounce antefix (audio)
: an ornament at the eaves of a classical building concealing the ends of the joint tiles of the roof

Examples of antefix in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The blueprints showed that these rooftop decorations, known as antefixes, were in fact baseballs, ornaments that echoed the baseball-adorned terra-cotta spandrels above the pilasters. John Freeman Gill, New York Times, 27 Mar. 2020

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Word History

Etymology

Latin antefixum, from neuter of antefixus, past participle of antefigere to fasten before, from ante- + figere to fasten — more at fix

First Known Use

1819, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of antefix was in 1819

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Cite this Entry

“Antefix.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/antefix. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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