- The definition of a frieze is an ornamental band of decoration, or a heavy wool cloth that is shaggy and has an uncut nap.
- An example of a frieze is a horizontal band of sculpture.
- An example of a frieze is a dense shaggy carpet.
A frieze on a Greek sarcaphogus.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- 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: French frise ; from Midieval 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 inch(es) folk-etym. by associated, association with Midieval Latin frigium ; from Classical Latin Phrygium, Phrygian: Phrygia was noted for embroidery inch(es) gold
Origin: Middle English frise ; from Old French ; from Middle Dutch probably akin to frieze
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- 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: French frise, from Medieval Latin frisium, frigium, embroidery, from Latin Phrygium (opus), Phrygian (work), from Phrygia.
noun In both senses also called frisé.
- A coarse, shaggy woolen cloth with an uncut nap.
- A dense, low-pile surface, as in carpeting, resembling such cloth.
Origin: Middle English frise, from Old French, from Medieval Latin (pannī) frīsiī, woolen (garments), from pl. of Frīsius, Frisian.
frieze - Cultural Definition
An ornamental band that runs around a building. Friezes are usually on the exterior of a building and are often sculpted in bas-relief.