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[trahy-glif] /ˈtraɪˌglɪf/
noun, Architecture
a structural member of a Doric frieze, separating two consecutive metopes, and consisting typically of a rectangular block with two vertical grooves or glyphs, and two chamfers or half grooves at the sides, together counting as a third glyph, and leaving three flat vertical bands on the face of the block.
Origin of triglyph
1555-65; < Latin triglyphus < Greek tríglyphos thrice-grooved, equivalent to tri- tri- + glyph() glyph + -os adj. suffix
Related forms
triglyphed, adjective
triglyphic, triglyphical, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for triglyph
  • The entablature has a triglyph-embellished frieze and an egg-and-dart cornice with mutules.
  • The columns carry a frieze that is blank except for a single triglyph centered above each column.
  • The main cornice of the original section and the two wings has a decorative frieze featuring triglyph moldings with guttae.
British Dictionary definitions for triglyph


(architect) a stone block in a Doric frieze, having three vertical channels
Derived Forms
triglyphic, adjective
Word Origin
C16: via Latin from Greek trigluphos three-grooved, from tri-tri- + gluphē carving. See glyph
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