Definition of cyma in English:


nounPlural cymas, Plural cymae

  • A cornice moulding with an S-shaped cross section.

    • ‘A fabulous range of broken cymae, painted with animated elements in different colours and drip-mouldings for channelling rain water, are displayed on the ground and first floors.’
    • ‘The building is noted for a beautiful Baroque doorway and the heads of the lions in the cymae of the windows.’
    • ‘The ceiling is vaulted with wooden-cavetto and decorated with beads and cymas.’
    • ‘This exceptional exhibition will cover the cymas of some of the most sumptuous halls in the Brukenthal Palace.’


Mid 16th century: modern Latin, from Greek kuma ‘wave or wavy moulding’.