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) \

Definition of antefix

: 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, "A Brooklyn Dodgers Fan Who Never Gave Up on Ebbets Field," 27 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of antefix

1819, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for antefix

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

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“Antefix.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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