ar·​chi·​trave | \ ˈär-kə-ˌtrāv How to pronounce architrave (audio) \

Definition of architrave

1 : the lowest division of an entablature resting in classical architecture immediately on the capital of the column — see column illustration
2 : the molding around a rectangular opening (such as a door)

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Recent Examples on the Web The 59-foot-high structure, topped with an architrave, is made from marble from Mount Pentelicus, also used for the Parthenon. History Magazine, "This Roman emperor spared no expense on his passion for all things Greek," 3 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of architrave

1563, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for architrave

Middle French, from Old Italian, from archi- + trave beam, from Latin trab-, trabs — more at thorp

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“Architrave.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2021.

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