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[ahr-kuh-vohlt] /ˈɑr kəˌvoʊlt/
noun, Architecture
a molded or decorated band following the extrados of an arch or forming an archlike frame for an opening.
1725-35; < French archivolte < Italian archivolto < Medieval Latin *archivoltum, Latinization of Old French arvol < Late Latin arcus volūtus vaulted arch; see arch1, vault1 Unabridged
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  • The third story is comprised of an open arched lantern with pronounced brick archivolt trim.
British Dictionary definitions for archivolt


noun (architect)
a moulding around an arch, sometimes decorated
the under surface of an arch
Word Origin
C18: from Italian archivolto; see arc, vault1
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molding running around the face of an arch immediately above the opening. The architectural term is applied especially to medieval and Renaissance buildings, where the archivolts are often decorated with sculpture, as in the archivolts on the west facade of Chartres cathedral (1140-50).

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