met·​o·​pe ˈme-tə-(ˌ)pē How to pronounce metope (audio)
: the space between two triglyphs of a Doric frieze often adorned with carved work

Word History


Greek metopē, from meta- + opē opening; akin to Greek ōps eye, face — more at eye

First Known Use

1563, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of metope was in 1563

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“Metope.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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