- a low-pitched gable on the front of some buildings in the Grecian style of architecture
- any similar triangular piece used ornamentally, as over a doorway, fireplace, etc.
Origin of pedimentaltered (after Classical Latin pes, genitive pedis, foot) ; from earlier periment, probably altered ; from pyramid
- a. A wide, low-pitched gable surmounting the façade of a building in the Grecian style.b. A triangular element, similar to or derivative of a Grecian pediment, used widely in architecture and decoration.
- Geology A broad, gently sloping rock surface at the base of a steeper slope, often covered with alluvium, formed primarily by erosion.
Origin of pedimentAlteration (influenced by Latin pēs, ped-, foot) of earlier perement, probably alteration of pyramid.
US Supreme Court building
Probably a dialectical alteration of pyramid.