corbel

noun
cor·bel | \ˈkȯr-bəl \

Definition of corbel 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: an architectural member that projects from within a wall and supports a weight especially : one that is stepped upward and outward from a vertical surface

corbel

verb
corbeled or corbelled; corbeling or corbelling

Definition of corbel (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to furnish with or make into a corbel

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Noun

In the meaning defined above

Examples of corbel in a Sentence

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Buy Photo From the backyard pool, Melanie and Curtis Richins can admire their home’s stucco-and-stone 1910 Craftsman style with its peaked roofs, brackets, and corbels. Sally A. Downey, Philly.com, "Old combines with new in 1910 Craftsman house in Wynnewood," 3 July 2018 Outside there was decorative bargeboard over windows and doors, decorative cornice and corbel trim. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A major renovation improved 1872 Walker's Point home but kept the Gothic Revival charm," 3 May 2018 The 660-square-foot master bedroom has his-and-hers closets and baths, and a marble fireplace with cherubs sculpted in the mantel corbels. Janet Eastman, OregonLive.com, "$2 million surge in 2 years: Wiederhorn's foreclosed mansion sells for $4 million (photos)," 26 Feb. 2018 But beyond the Greek Revival columns, Victorian corbels and wrought-iron gates, how have New Orleans streetscapes changed over the centuries? Chris Granger, NOLA.com, "Swipe the photos and see modern New Orleans compared with rare 19th-century photos," 22 Dec. 2017 Custom details also include unique moldings and decorative accents such as corbels and decorative legs to make the cabinets look like furniture. John Inc., Houston Chronicle, "GHBA Remodelers Council: Is custom cabinetry right for you?," 26 Oct. 2017 Marble from a house that was razed to make way for the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art was repurposed as quoin (corner) work, arches and corbels. Cynthia Billhartz Gregorian, kansascity.com, "Camelot’s tale: How Weatherby Lake’s castle, now for sale, came to be," 28 Apr. 2017 Added exterior design accents include European Schötten Fenster tilt-turn wood windows, chimney caps, cornerstones, extra-wide brick sills, and brick accents surrounding the base around the home and its corbels. Brittanny Havard, The Denver Post, "LIV Sotheby’s International Realty showcases English Tudor-style home in Washington Park designed by famed Denver architect," 2 June 2017

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First Known Use of corbel

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1843, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for corbel

Noun

Middle English, "raven, architectural corbel," borrowed from Middle French (Anglo-French, "crow, raven"), going back to Old French, from corp "raven" (going back to Latin corvus) + -el, diminutive suffix (going back to Latin -ellus) — more at cornice entry 1

Note: Old French corp, corb for expected *corf (cf. cerf "deer," from Latin cervus) is difficult to explain; it has been speculated that the form was imported by Roman settlers from Etruria or another part of Italy where Latin -rv- regularly yields -rb- (cf. Tuscan corbo "raven" beside corvo; see Pierre Fouché, Phonétique historique du français, vol. 3, Paris, 1966, p. 798).

Verb

derivative of corbel entry 1

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