Definition of "frieze" []

  • Architecture A plain or decorated horizontal part of an entablature between the architrave and cornice. (noun)
  • Architecture A decorative horizontal band, as along the upper part of a wall in a room. (noun)
  • A coarse, shaggy woolen cloth with an uncut nap. (noun)
  • A dense, low-pile surface, as in carpeting, resembling such cloth. (noun)
  • The horizontal band between the architrave and cornice of a classical entablature, esp one that is decorated with sculpture (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • The upper part of the wall of a room, below the cornice, esp one that is decorated (noun)
  • Any ornamental band or strip on a wall (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "frieze" in a sentence
  • "Also in frieze, Rebecca Warren on Far From Heaven, "artificial and exultant, but so cruelly truthful it made me feel sick and afraid for three days," two by Bu�uel, two by Bresson, two more by David Lynch and so on - a fine list."
  • "Nor did his presence owe anything to his dress, which was of that long-haired coarse woollen stuff they called frieze, worn, probably, by not another nobleman in the country, and regarded as fitter for a yeoman."
  • "It was a bold move to bring back the 'frieze' - how do you think people will go with it?"