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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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  • The entablature of each story is supported by coupled pilasters, while the north and south walls are surmounted by balustrades.

  • The entablature is a positive triumph in cornice, frieze and architrave.

  • The floral decoration soon extended to the entablature, increasing the number and dimensions of its minor members.

    History of Ancient Art Franz von Reber
  • Such inscriptions were ordinarily placed on the entablature of the portico.

  • The entablature (Fig. 70) is, generally speaking, richer than that of the Doric order.

    Architecture Thomas Roger Smith
  • The great variety of form in the column and capital is not shared by the entablature.

    History of Ancient Art Franz von Reber
  • Only the entablature is visible, richly carved with garlands.

  • It is especially interesting as illustrating the formation of the entablature.

    History of Ancient Art Franz von Reber
  • The entablature was of great simplicity, perhaps because the comparatively rare employment of this order left it undeveloped.

    History of Ancient Art Franz von Reber
  • This renders the projection and outline of the entablature certain.

    History of Ancient Art Franz von Reber
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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