Definition of modillion in US English:



  • 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’.