A frieze on a Greek sarcaphogus.
- An example of a frieze is a horizontal band of sculpture.
- An example of a frieze is a dense shaggy carpet.
- a decoration or series of decorations forming an ornamental band around a room, mantel, etc.
- Archit. a horizontal band, often decorated with sculpture, between the architrave and cornice of a building
Origin of friezeFrench frise from Medieval Latin frisium from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Frankish an unverified form frisi, a curl, akin to Old English fris, crisped, curled; uncertain or unknown; perhaps confused in folk-etym. by associated, association with Medieval Latin frigium from Classical Latin Phrygium, Phrygian: Phrygia was noted for embroidery in gold
Origin of friezeMiddle English frise from Old French from MDu, probably akin to frieze
- A plain or decorated horizontal part of an entablature between the architrave and cornice.
- A decorative horizontal band, as along the upper part of a wall in a room.
Origin of friezeFrench frise from Medieval Latin frisium, frigium embroidery from Latin Phrygium (opus) Phrygian (work) from Phrygia
Ionic order entablature
- A coarse, shaggy woolen cloth with an uncut nap.
- A dense, low-pile surface, as in carpeting, resembling such cloth. Also called In both senses also called frisé .
Origin of friezeMiddle English frise from Old French from Medieval Latin (pannī) frīsiī woolen (garments) from pl. of Frīsius Frisian
- A kind of coarse woolen cloth or stuff with a shaggy or tufted (friezed) nap on one side.
(third-person singular simple present friezes, present participle friezing, simple past and past participle friezed)
- To make a nap on (cloth); to friz.
From Middle French frise, from friser (“to curl”).
- (architecture) That part of the entablature of an order which is between the architrave and cornice. It is a flat member or face, either uniform or broken by triglyphs, and often enriched with figures and other ornaments of sculpture.
- Any sculptured or richly ornamented band in a building or, by extension, in rich pieces of furniture.
- A banner with a series of pictures.
- The classroom had an alphabet frieze that showed an animal for each letter.