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[den-tl, -til] /ˈdɛn tl, -tɪl/
noun, Architecture
any of a series of closely spaced, small, rectangular blocks, used especially in classical architecture beneath the coronas of Ionic, Corinthian, and Composite cornices.
Origin of dentil
1655-65; < French dentille (obsolete), feminine diminutive of dent tooth
Related forms
dentiled, adjective Unabridged
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  • The gable ends of the roof have wood siding and dentil molding.
  • The cornice is prominently marked with a dentil molding and regularly spaced modillion blocks.
  • The main block has a pedimented side gable roof with slightly overhanging eaves and a simple dentil cornice.
  • The roof eaves feature a large dentil molding with a series of heavy carved brackets.
  • The whole is covered by a low hipped roof embellished at the eaves by a dentil cornice.
  • The dentil band is carried across the side elevations directly under the projecting gables.
  • The cornice line is in excellent condition with dentil molding at the roofline.
  • Cornices with modillion and dentil moldings crown the east and west elevations.
  • Wainscoting in this room has distinctive wide paneling, comprised of single planks, and a chair rail enriched with dentil molding.
  • The handsome mantel has stop-fluted pilasters supporting horizontally reeded consoles and a dentil shelf.
British Dictionary definitions for dentil


one of a set of small square or rectangular blocks evenly spaced to form an ornamental row, usually under a classical cornice on a building, piece of furniture, etc
Word Origin
C17: from French, from obsolete dentille a little tooth, from dent tooth
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