architrave

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noun ar·chi·trave \ˈär-kə-ˌtrāv\

Definition of architrave

  1. 1 :  the lowest division of an entablature resting in classical architecture immediately on the capital of the column — see column illustration

  2. 2 :  the molding around a rectangular opening (such as a door)

Origin and Etymology of architrave

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


First Known Use: 1563

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