One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A section of wall or a pillar between two openings, especially a pillar dividing a large doorway in a church.
- ‘This ornamental display registers from a considerable distance and effectively dominates the portal, though statues may have been planned for the trumeau and lateral niches beneath.’
- ‘No tympanum was ever carved, however, only the trumeau to support one, together with a similarly carved block and some subsidiary reliefs.’
- ‘As the author has argued in his consideration of the Souillac trumeau, such monstrous mouths could evoke a multiplicity of meanings for the monastic audience.’
- ‘Curtailment in midproject is strongly suggested by the adaptation of the trumeau to the purpose of supporting one side of the arch over the central portal.’
Late 19th century: from French, literally ‘calf of the leg’.
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