spandrel

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

Definition of spandrel

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


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