en·​tab·​la·​ture | \ in-ˈta-blə-ˌchu̇r How to pronounce entablature (audio) , -chər, -ˌt(y)u̇r \

Definition of entablature

: a horizontal part in classical architecture that rests on the columns and consists of architrave, frieze, and cornice

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Illustration of entablature

1 entablature, 2 cornice, 3 frieze, 4 architrave

Examples of entablature in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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

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First Known Use of entablature

1611, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for entablature

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

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“Entablature.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/entablature. Accessed 29 Jan. 2022.

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