frieze

frieze "sculptured horizontal band in architecture," 1560s, from M.Fr. frise, originally "a ruff," from M.L. frisium "embroidered border," variant of frigium, probably from L. Phrygium "Phrygian, Phrygian work," from Phrygia, the ancient country in Asia Minor known for its embroidery (Cf. Phrygiae vestes "ornate garments"). Meaning "decorative band along the top of a wall" was in Old French.

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  • Frieze — Frieze, n. [Perh. the same word as frieze a, kind of cloth. Cf. {Friz}.] (Arch.) (a) 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Frieze — Frieze, n. [F. frise, perh. originally a woolen cloth or stuff from Friesland (F. Frise); cf. LL. frisii panni and frissatus pannus, a shaggy woolen cloth, F. friser to friz, curl. Cf. {Friz}.] A kind of coarse woolen cloth or stuff with a shaggy …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Frieze — bezeichnet: Frieze Art Fair Frieze Teppich, eine Teppichart, die aus stark gekräuselten Garnen Diese Seite ist eine Begriffsklärung zur Unterscheidung mehrerer mit demselben Wort bezeichneter Begriffe …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Frieze — Frieze, v. t. To make a nap on (cloth); to friz. See {Friz}, v. t., 2. [1913 Webster] {Friezing machine}, a machine for friezing cloth; a friezing machine. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Frieze — A heavy woollen fabric with a rough, irregular nap, and a more or less hard feel. Originally an Irish production; generally grey in colour, and used for the lower grade clothing. Also made from a mixture of wool and shoddy or mungo. Woven 2 & 2… …   Dictionary of the English textile terms

  • frieze — [fri:z] n [Date: 1500 1600; : French; Origin: frise, perhaps from Latin Phrygia, ancient country in Asia whose people were famous for their skill in making things] a decoration that goes along the top of the walls of a room or a building …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • frieze — [ friz ] noun count a line of decoration around the walls of a room or building …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • frieze — ► NOUN 1) a broad horizontal band of sculpted or painted decoration. 2) Architecture the part of an entablature between the architrave and the cornice. ORIGIN Latin frisium, from Phrygium opus work of Phrygia …   English terms dictionary

  • frieze — frieze1 [frēz] n. [Fr frise < ML frisium < ? Frank * frisi, a curl, akin to OE fris, crisped, curled; ? confused in folk etym. by assoc. with ML frigium < L Phrygium, Phrygian: Phrygia was noted for embroidery in gold] 1. a decoration or …   English World dictionary

  • Frieze — In architecture the frieze is the wide central section part of an entablature and may be plain or ndash; in the Ionic or Corinthian order ndash; decorated with bas reliefs. In an astylar wall it lies upon the architrave ( main beam ) and is… …   Wikipedia

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