Definition of Greek key in English:

Greek key

noun

  • A pattern of interlocking right-angled spirals.

    • ‘The architrave includes a Greek key design and other symbols, and the side archivolts are decorated with acanthus leaves.’
    • ‘Another important find is a bronze belt plate of the classic Greek key design.’
    • ‘They make up, for example, a Greek key and grapevine arch around a mosaic image of Persephone eating a pomegranate.’
    • ‘In the 1870s engineering firms began to market geometric etching machines which led to the mass production of glasses decorated with linear patterns including circles and the Greek key.’
    • ‘The original floorboards, painted white with a Greek key design, contrast with the rich red walls.’