mo·​dil·​lion | \ mō-ˈdil-yən How to pronounce modillion (audio) \

Definition of modillion

: an ornamental block or bracket under the corona of the cornice (as in the Corinthian order)

Examples of modillion in a Sentence

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, "Dale Evans’ Uvalde home for sale — but needs tons of work," 25 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of modillion

1563, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for modillion

Italian modiglione

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“Modillion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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