One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A horizontal, continuous lintel on a classical building supported by columns or a wall, comprising the architrave, frieze, and cornice.
- ‘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.’’
- ‘You find the abacus between the triglyphs in the frieze section of the entablature of classical Greek Doric temples.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The large frieze panels connecting the archivolts form the entablature of the columns.’
- ‘I've never seen so many colonnades, entablatures, pediments, porticos, coffered ceilings and statues adorning so many structures.’
Early 17th century (formerly also as intablature): from Italian intavolatura ‘boarding’ (partly via French entablement ‘entablement’), from intavolare ‘board up’ (based on tavola ‘table’).
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