- 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