spandrel

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noun span·drel \ˈspan-drəl\
variants: or less commonly

spandril

Definition of spandrel

  1. 1 :  the sometimes ornamented space between the right or left exterior curve of an arch and an enclosing right angle

  2. 2 :  the triangular space beneath the string of a stair

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Origin and Etymology of spandrel

Middle English spandrell, from Anglo-French spaunder, from espandre to spread out — more at spawn


First Known Use: 15th century


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