en·​tab·​la·​ture in-ˈta-blə-ˌchu̇r How to pronounce entablature (audio)
: a horizontal part in classical architecture that rests on the columns and consists of architrave, frieze, and cornice

Illustration of entablature

Illustration of entablature
  • 1 entablature
  • 2 cornice
  • 3 frieze
  • 4 architrave

Examples of entablature in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Typically, colonnades form at the top and bottom of the flow (starting from the cooling surface) with a middle area of entablature (see above). Erik Klemetti, Discover Magazine, 2 Feb. 2015 The parts of the flows with clear columns are called the colonnade while the areas where the columns are less-than-perfect or absent are the entablature. Erik Klemetti, Discover Magazine, 2 Feb. 2015 Columns in the Takachicho-kyo Gorge in Japan, showing the colonnade and entablature common in these columnar jointed basalt flows. Erik Klemetti, Discover Magazine, 2 Feb. 2015 The luxurious Breakfast Room’s fireplace ensemble, including Roman Doric columns supporting an exquisite entablature, is as brilliantly designed, if not as eye-catching, as the Banquet Hall’s triple fireplace. Catesby Leigh, WSJ, 11 Mar. 2022 Bas reliefs on the entablature feature important thinkers such as Booker T. Washington and Frederick Douglass. Los Angeles Times, 14 Jan. 2021 When it was built, the hotel was sided with smooth, dressed limestone slabs, brick columns and neoclassical terra cotta entablature. Irene North, The Seattle Times, 13 Jan. 2018

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'entablature.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History


obsolete French, modification of Italian intavolatura, from intavolare to put on a board or table, from in- (from Latin) + tavola board, table, from Latin tabula

First Known Use

1611, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of entablature was in 1611

Dictionary Entries Near entablature

Cite this Entry

“Entablature.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/entablature. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

More from Merriam-Webster on entablature

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!