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[kuh-vet-oh; Italian kah-vet-taw] /kəˈvɛt oʊ; Italian kɑˈvɛt tɔ/
noun, plural cavettos, cavetti
[kuh-vet-ee; Italian kah-vet-tee] /kəˈvɛt i; Italian kɑˈvɛt ti/ (Show IPA).
a concave molding the outline of which is a quarter circle.
Origin of cavetto
1670-80; < Italian, equivalent to cav(o) (< Latin cavus or cavum hollow place; see cave) + -etto -et Unabridged
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Examples from the web for cavetto
  • The interior is decorated with two incised dragons chasing flaming pearls around the cavetto and covered with colorless glaze.
  • The baseboard has a small cap, and the chair rail features a cavetto molding and bull nose.
British Dictionary definitions for cavetto


/kəˈvɛtəʊ; Italian kaˈvetto/
noun (pl) -ti (-tɪ; Italian) (-ti)
(architect) a concave moulding, shaped to a quarter circle in cross section
Word Origin
C17: from Italian, from cavo hollow, from Latin cavus
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