|a. the horizontal band between the architrave and cornice of a classical entablature, esp one that is decorated with sculpture|
|b. the upper part of the wall of a room, below the cornice, esp one that is decorated|
|2.||any ornamental band or strip on a wall|
|[C16: from French frise, perhaps from Medieval Latin frisium, changed from Latin Phrygium Phrygian (work), from Phrygia Phrygia, famous for embroidery in gold]|
An ornamental band that runs around a building. Friezes are usually on the exterior of a building and are often sculpted in bas-relief.