ped·​i·​ment ˈpe-də-mənt How to pronounce pediment (audio)
: a triangular space that forms the gable of a low-pitched roof and that is usually filled with relief sculpture in classical architecture
also : a similar form used as a decoration
: a broad gently sloping bedrock surface with low relief that is situated at the base of a steeper slope and is usually thinly covered with alluvial gravel and sand
pedimental adjective
pedimented adjective

Examples of pediment in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The project of removing the marbles from the Parthenon, the fifth-century temple on the Acropolis, and shipping them to Britain took more than a decade—about half of the original five-hundred-and-twenty-four-foot frieze was removed, as were a number of life-size statues from the pediments. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, 6 May 2024 Although the famous sculptures of the Parthenon, the Elgin Marbles, are controversially still held at the British Museum in London, the Parthenon still affords views of ancient sculptures, particularly on the east pediment. David Unsworth, Fox News, 20 Apr. 2024 The graceful curves of the scrolled pediment over the front door are echoed in the foyer with the grand sweep of the staircase, a hallmark of Williams, and in the brocade pattern of the shimmering platinum wallcoverings. Mark David, Robb Report, 19 Mar. 2024 Unfortunately for the cause of intelligent discourse, his statement was erected upon a pediment of lies. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 29 Aug. 2023 At the foot of the Bowery, there’s a strange-looking postmodernist building with an arched metal door framed by slender columns and capped with a mint-green pediment. Curbed, 25 May 2023 Surrounding it on three sides are the dramatic facades of the former social security headquarters for Mussolini’s government, designed in the Rationalist style that reinterpreted the columns and pediments of ancient Roman architecture into sleek surfaces and geometric shapes. Liam Hess, Vogue, 5 July 2023 Built in the Brescian Baroque style, its yellow-hued stone facade has large windows topped with dramatic pediments and a tall arched entryway carved with images of shields and of knights on horseback. Laura May Todd, New York Times, 11 Apr. 2023 Among the modern-looking buildings of the Houston Museum District, the Children's Museum Houston stands out from the crowd—a whimsical take on classic Greek architecture with its cartoonish bright yellow columns and pediment inlaid with mosaic tiles. Rebecca Treon, Chron, 30 Apr. 2023

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Word History


alteration of obsolete English periment, probably alteration of English pyramid

First Known Use

1664, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of pediment was in 1664

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“Pediment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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ped·​i·​ment ˈped-ə-mənt How to pronounce pediment (audio)
: a triangular space forming the gable of a roof in classic architecture

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