Definition of epistyle in English:

epistyle

noun

Architecture
  • An architrave.

    • ‘An elongated panel with the Deësis (Christ between the Virgin and S. John the Baptist) and the feasts of the Church often ran along the top of the epistyle.’
    • ‘Inscribed with the names of the abbots Daniel and Pachomios (the latter name was partially obscured by the supporting clamp), the epistyle is carved with vegetal and pseudo-kufic ornament common to such architectural dividers.’

Origin

Mid 16th century (in the Latin form epistylium): from French épistyle or via Latin, from Greek epistulion, from epi ‘upon’ + stulos ‘pillar’.

Pronunciation

epistyle

/ˈɛpɪstʌɪl/