noun Etymology: obsolete French, modification of Italian intavolatura, from intavolare to put on a board or table, from in- (from Latin) + tavola board, table, from Latin tabula Date: 1611 a horizontal part in classical architecture that rests on the columns and consists of architrave, frieze, and cornice — see column illustration

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  • Entablature — • A superstructure which lies horizontally upon the columns in classic architecture Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Entablature     Entablature      …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Entablature — En*tab la*ture (?; 135), n. [OF. entablature: cf. It intavolatura, fr. LL. intabulare to construct a basis; L. in + tabulatum board work, flooring, fr. tabula. See {Table}.] (Arch.) The superstructure which lies horizontally upon the columns. See …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • entablature — 1610s, nativization of It. intavolatura; see EN (Cf. en ) (1) + TABLATURE (Cf. tablature) …   Etymology dictionary

  • entablature — [en tab′lə chər] n. [MFr < It intavolatura < intavolare < in , in + tavola, table, base < L tabula: see TABLE] Archit. 1. a horizontal superstructure supported by columns and composed of architrave, frieze, and cornice 2. any… …   English World dictionary

  • Entablature — An entablature (pronEng|ɛnˈtæblətʃɚ; Latin, and tabula , a tablet ) refers to the superstructure of moldings and bands which lie horizontally above columns, resting on their capitals. Entablatures are major elements of classical architecture, and …   Wikipedia

  • entablature — /en tab leuh cheuhr, choor /, n. Archit. 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. See diag. under column. [1605 15; < MF < It… …   Universalium

  • ENTABLATURE —    a term in classic architecture applied to the ornamented portion of a building which rests in horizontal position upon supporting columns; is subdivided into three parts, the lower portion being called the architrave, the middle portion the… …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • entablature — noun All that part of a classical temple above the capitals of the columns; includes the architrave, frieze, and cornice but not the roof …   Wiktionary

  • entablature — see TABLE …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • entablature — n. wall that rests on top of columns (Architecture); platform of a pedestal that supports a statue …   English contemporary dictionary

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