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[en-tab-luh-cher, -choo r] /ɛnˈtæb lə tʃər, -ˌtʃʊər/
noun, Architecture
the entire construction of a classical temple or the like between the columns and the eaves, usually composed of an architrave, a frieze, and a cornice.
Origin of entablature
1605-15; < Middle French < Italian intavolatura; see in-2, table, -ate1, -ure Unabridged
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Examples from the web for entablature
  • Copyright is the caryatid that supports the great entablature of his fortune.
  • The main architectural types based on the style of capital, column, and entablature.
  • The portico entablature is carried around the building, in simplified form.
  • Prominent dormer windows, a wide entablature with brackets and various elaborate window treatments were typical of this mode.
  • The pilasters are connected by a molded entablature.
  • The original idea for the memorial included a large inscription or entablature to be carved alongside the figures.
  • The main façade of the building exhibits a metal entablature at the second story ceiling level.
  • Across the top spans an entablature excluding frieze relief, and a second cornice directly above the-entablature.
  • Above the arcade is a bronze entablature which spans the breadth of the building and unifies the façade.
  • The entablature runs around the four sides of the building.
British Dictionary definitions for entablature


noun (architect)
the part of a classical temple above the columns, having an architrave, a frieze, and a cornice
any construction of similar form
Word Origin
C17: from French, from Italian intavolatura something put on a table, hence, something laid flat, from tavola table, from Latin tabulatable
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Word Origin and History for entablature

1610s, nativization of Italian intavolatura; see en- (1) + tablature.

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