mo·​dil·​lion mō-ˈdil-yən How to pronounce modillion (audio)
: an ornamental block or bracket under the corona of the cornice (as in the Corinthian order)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The living areas, for example, are embellished with vertical fluted columns, handmade cornice moulding, starburst chandelier medallions, even several swoopy modillions. Richard A. Marini, San Antonio Express-News, 25 Apr. 2018

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Word History


Italian modiglione

First Known Use

1563, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of modillion was in 1563

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“Modillion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Mar. 2023.

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