(architecture) A façade, especially an ornamental one.
(architecture) A small pediment of which is ornamental, especially on the top of a window or door.
Origin of frontispiece
Alteration (influenced by piece) of French frontispicefrom Late Latin frontispiciumfaçade of a building Latin frontisgenitive offrōnsforehead, front Latin specereto look atspek- in Indo-European roots
A figure of Atlas supporting the heavens is often found as a frontispiece in early collections of maps, and is said to have been first thus used by Mercator.
iii.), with a quaint frontispiece in which, from behind hills overlooking a fair landscape of town and country, there towered the body (above the waist) of a crowned giant, made up of tiny figures of human beings and bearing sword and crozier in the two hands.
Christ., frontispiece; P.S.B.A.
15-18); John puts it three years back, as an appropriate frontispiece to His complete claims and work.