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[ahr-ki-treyv] /ˈɑr kɪˌtreɪv/
noun, Architecture
the lowermost member of a classical entablature, resting originally upon columns.
a molded or decorated band framing a panel or an opening, especially a rectangular one, as of a door or window.
Origin of architrave
1555-65; Middle French < Italian; see archi-, trave1
Related forms
architraval, adjective
architraved, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for architrave
  • The openings have molded architrave trim and flanking shutters.
  • It features a two-stage architrave below the frieze, and a cornice with reeded band runs along the frieze.
  • The entrance features a transom and shelf architrave and is flanked by secondary entrances with transoms and similar architraves.
  • The window and door trim is a mixture of older architrave, replacement architrave, and plain box trim.
  • The mantel consist of a shelf set on a narrow series of moldings, and a surround of architrave trim.
  • The north entrance has a paneled door set in a simple wood architrave he surmounted by a penciled gauged-brick flat arch.
  • The headers are formed from the wood stringcourse on the first floor and the architrave on the second.
  • The doorway opposite the entrance is decorated with a plain pediment and simple architrave surround.
  • The doorways and windows in this portion of the house have architrave frames.
  • The mantels in both the dining room and the north room have an architrave and mantelshelf held by pilasters.
British Dictionary definitions for architrave


noun (architect)
the lowest part of an entablature that bears on the columns
a moulding around a doorway, window opening, etc
Word Origin
C16: via French from Italian, from archi- + trave beam, from Latin trabs
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Word Origin and History for architrave

1560s, from Italian architrave, from archi- "beginning, origin" (see archon) + trave "beam," from Latin trabem (nominative trabs) "beam, timber," from PIE *treb- "dwelling" (see thorp).

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