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)

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.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 12 December 2019.

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