AskDefine | Define architrave

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1 the molding around a door or window
2 the lowest part of an entablature; rests immediately on the capitals of the columns

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First attested 1563, from architrave, from archi- "main" + trave "beam."



  1. The lowest part of an entablature; rests on the capitals of the columns
  2. The mouldings (or other elements) framing a door, window or other rectangular opening

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Extensive Definition

The architrave (also called epistyle) is a moulded or ornamental band framing a rectangular opening. It is the lintel or beam that rests on the capitals of the columns. As such, it is the lowest part of the entablature consisting of architrave, frieze and cornice. The word is derived from the Greek and Latin words arche and trabs combined together to mean "main beam".
The architrave is different in the different orders. In the Tuscan, it only consists of a plain face, crowned with a fillet, and is half a module in height. In the Doric and composite, it has two faces, or fasciae; and three in the Ionic and Corinthian, in which it is 10/12 of a module high, though but half a module in the rest.
The word architrave is also used to refer to the mouldings (or other elements) framing a door, window or other rectangular opening. See also archivolt.

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architrave in Catalan: Arquitrau
architrave in Czech: Architráv
architrave in German: Architrav
architrave in Estonian: Arhitraav
architrave in Spanish: Arquitrabe
architrave in Persian: فرسب
architrave in French: Architrave
architrave in Galician: Arquitrabe
architrave in Croatian: Arhitrav
architrave in Italian: Architrave
architrave in Hebrew: ארכיטרב
architrave in Georgian: არქიტრავი
architrave in Latin: Epistylium (trabes)
architrave in Latvian: Arhitrāvs
architrave in Hungarian: Architráv
architrave in Macedonian: Архитрав
architrave in Dutch: Architraaf (bouwkunst)
architrave in Norwegian: Arkitrav
architrave in Polish: Architraw
architrave in Portuguese: Arquitrave
architrave in Slovak: Architráv
architrave in Serbian: Архитрав
architrave in Finnish: Arkkitraavi
architrave in Swedish: Arkitrav
architrave in Ukrainian: Архітрав
architrave in Chinese: 额枋
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