ca·​vet·​to kə-ˈve-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce cavetto (audio)
plural cavetti kə-ˈve-tē How to pronounce cavetto (audio)
: a concave molding having a curve that approximates a quarter circle see molding illustration

Examples of cavetto in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Three cavetto cornices cascade down the front, meeting the pin-straight pilasters crowned with iconic Nabatean horned capitals—inspiration for countless Corinthian capitals across the Greco-Roman world. Tharik Hussain, Condé Nast Traveler, 7 Sep. 2022

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Word History


borrowed from Italian, from cavo "hollow, concave" (going back to Latin cavus) + -etto, diminutive and hypocoristic suffix — more at hole entry 1

First Known Use

1664, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cavetto was in 1664

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Cite this Entry

“Cavetto.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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