1 [freez]
the part of a classical entablature between the architrave and the cornice, usually decorated with sculpture in low relief. See diag. under column.
any decorative band on an outside wall, broader than a stringcourse and bearing lettering, sculpture, etc.
any decorative band at the top or beneath the cornice of an interior wall, a piece of furniture, etc.
Furniture. skirt ( def 6b ).

1555–65; < Middle French frise, perhaps < Medieval Latin phrygium, frigium, frisium embroidered cloth, embroidery, Latin Phrygium, neuter of Phrygius Phrygian Unabridged


2 [freez]
a heavy, napped woolen cloth for coats.

1350–1400; Middle English frise < Old French; see frieze1 Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
frieze1 (friːz)
1.  architect
 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]

frieze2 (friːz)
a heavy woollen fabric with a long nap, used for coats, etc
[C15: from Old French frise, from Middle Dutch friese, vriese, perhaps from Vriese Frisian]

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Word Origin & History

"sculptured horizontal band in architecture," 1563, from M.Fr. frise, originally "a ruff," from M.L. frisium "embroidered border," variant of frigium, probably from L. Phrygium "Phrygian, Phrygian work," from Phrygia, the ancient country in Asia Minor known for its embroidery. Folk etymology is Fr. drap
de Frise "cloth of Friesland." Meaning "decorative band along the top of a wall" was in O.Fr.
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Cultural Dictionary
frieze [(freez)]

An ornamental band that runs around a building. Friezes are usually on the exterior of a building and are often sculpted in bas-relief.

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Example sentences
The view is stunning, and an equally stunning stone frieze depicts the long trek in moving, heroic form.
Look for the delightful tiled frieze of cherubs behind the counter.
East, south, and west walls are also decorated with indentations at the frieze
The north and south buildings were square with square lattice vents between a
  wood frieze and the roof.
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