den·​til | \ ˈden-tᵊl How to pronounce dentil (audio) , -ˌtil \

Definition of dentil

: one of a series of small projecting rectangular blocks forming a molding especially under a cornice

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Other Words from dentil

dentiled \ ˈden-​tᵊld How to pronounce dentil (audio) , -​ˌtild \ adjective

Examples of dentil in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The plaster walls have been repaired and painted, the dentil molding restored to its original glory. Michelle Matthews |, al, 12 Feb. 2020 That’s white wainscot, wide door frames and deep crown molding that is oversized dentil style. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, 19 Oct. 2019 Speaking of a large party, at 23 feet the dining room can seat 12 in comfort, surrounded by Gracie wall covering, deep dentil molding and a carved fireplace. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, 19 Oct. 2019 The beautifully proportioned 18-by-14-foot dining room features trim and molding that extend to the dentil molding on the fireplace mantel. Joan Walden,, 8 Mar. 2018 Selldorf does not do Ye Olde Ionic orders or ironic dentil moldings. Justin Davidson, Daily Intelligencer, 13 Apr. 2018 While clearly a 20th-century design, the arched windows in the center portal, meaty keystones over the windows, and the dentil molding below the roof are all lifted directly from early-American architecture. Inga Saffron,, 12 Apr. 2018 Outside, the home's brick exterior is greatly improved courtesy of a new door painted Benjamin Moore Seaweed green and by swapping white dentil molding for black. Lisa Boone,, 27 Mar. 2018 In classical architecture, dentils are a series of decorative tooth-like blocks typically used under the soffit of a cornice. Susan Langenhennig,, 23 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of dentil

1663, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dentil

obsolete French dentille, from Middle French, diminutive of dent

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“Dentil.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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