Definition of entablature in English:

entablature

noun

Architecture
  • The upper part of a classical building supported by columns or a colonnade, comprising the architrave, frieze, and cornice.

    • ‘I've never seen so many colonnades, entablatures, pediments, porticos, coffered ceilings and statues adorning so many structures.’
    • ‘Each column supported an appropriate entablature, on the frieze of which was inscribed Pro Patria, ‘reminding the legislator of the end and object of his delegation.’’
    • ‘The entablature's architrave and frieze break out over each individual engaged column, emphasizing verticality, while the cornice breaks out over each pair to unify the pier-column unit.’
    • ‘You find the abacus between the triglyphs in the frieze section of the entablature of classical Greek Doric temples.’
    • ‘The large frieze panels connecting the archivolts form the entablature of the columns.’

Origin

Early 17th century (formerly also as intablature): from Italian intavolatura ‘boarding’ (partly via French entablement ‘entablement’), from intavolare ‘board up’ (based on tavola ‘table’).

Pronunciation

entablature

/ɪnˈtablətʃə//ɛnˈtablətʃə/