One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A projecting bracket under the corona of a cornice in the Corinthian and other orders.
- ‘The Romans invented a distinct cornice for the Corinthian order, characterized by large projecting modillions embellished with acanthus leaves.’
- ‘A heavy cornice with dentils and modillions and a boxlike parapet with a decorative panel at the center crown the facade.’
- ‘The ceiling is a lavish confection of modillion cornice and a centre rose.’
- ‘The craftsmen removed and replaced 335 modillion brackets and 1200 feet of two-layered cornice running the perimeter of the roof level.’
- ‘The windows are surmounted by rusticated wooden jack arches with superimposed keystones, and a heavy modillion cornice crowns the bold Georgian proportions of the facade.’
Mid 16th century: from French modillon, from Italian modiglione, based on Latin mutulus ‘mutule’.
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