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1. The lowermost part of an entablature in classical architecture, resting directly on top of the columns. Also called epistyle.
2. The molding around a door or window.

[French, from Old French, from Old Italian : archi-, archi- + trave, beam (from Latin trabs, trab-; see treb- in Indo-European roots).]


1. (Architecture) the lowest part of an entablature that bears on the columns
2. (Architecture) a moulding around a doorway, window opening, etc
[C16: via French from Italian, from archi- + trave beam, from Latin trabs]


(ˈɑr kɪˌtreɪv)

1. the lowermost member of a classical entablature.
2. a molded or decorated band framing a panel or an opening, as of a door or window.
[1555–65; < Middle French < Italian]
ar′chi•tra`val, adj.
ar′chi•traved`, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.architrave - the molding around a door or windowarchitrave - the molding around a door or window
moulding, molding - a decorative strip used for ornamentation or finishing
2.architrave - the lowest part of an entablaturearchitrave - the lowest part of an entablature; rests immediately on the capitals of the columns
entablature - (architecture) the structure consisting of the part of a classical temple above the columns between a capital and the roof
support - supporting structure that holds up or provides a foundation; "the statue stood on a marble support"


[ˈɑːkɪtreɪv] Narquitrabe m


n (Archit) → Architrav m; (= frame)architravähnliche Einfassung (für Tür)
References in classic literature ?
At an indefinite height overhead something made the black sky blacker, which had the semblance of a vast architrave uniting the pillars horizontally.
The place was all doors and pillars, some connected above by continuous architraves.
The eastward pillars and their architraves stood up blackly against the light, and the great flame-shaped Sun-stone beyond them; and the Stone of Sacrifice midway.
But on the pillars Seraph eyes have seen The dimness of this world : that greyish green That Nature loves the best for Beauty's grave Lurk'd in each cornice, round each architrave - And every sculptur'd cherub thereabout That from his marble dwelling peeréd out Seem'd earthly in the shadow of his niche - Achaian statues in a world so rich ?
The arrival of the illustrious guests had by no means caused him to relax his hold, and, while the prelates and ambassadors were packing themselves into the stalls--like genuine Flemish herrings--he settled himself at his ease, and boldly crossed his legs on the architrave. The insolence of this proceeding was extraordinary, yet no one noticed it at first, the attention of all being directed elsewhere.
Anon out of the earth a Fabrick huge Rose like an Exhalation, with the sound Of Dulcet Symphonies and voices sweet, Built like a Temple, where PILASTERS round Were set, and Doric pillars overlaid With Golden Architrave; nor did there want Cornice or Freeze, with bossy Sculptures grav'n, The Roof was fretted Gold.
Tenders are invited for (a) demolition works (hatched in pink) including : remove walls as shown remove doors, skirtings, architraves window boards as shown remove all fixtures and fittings within the space remove ceilings dispose of all materials (b) construction works including full supply fit of: new stud walls, new doors, skirting and architrave, window boards new fixed furniture as indicated new flooring as indicated new ceilings finishes (c) services the mechanical and electrical works associated attendances builders workstype of contract: works
Chandelier: The chandelier in the entrance hall blends in with the original features in this area with a mosaic floor and through a traditional solid oak Scottish doorway and the 36-light chandelier sets off the original architrave ceiling.
The sitting room has timber floor, skirting and architrave and sliding doors opening onto a paved terrace.
The one bet I'm tempted to have at the meeting is on Architrave in the 2m3f handicap hurdle (4.20).
NAOMI MATTHEW: 2.25 Secret Edge, 3.00 Grand Vision, 3.35 Silviniaco Conti, 4.10 Architrave, 4.45 Rippling Ring, 5.20 Reve De Sivola, 5.50 Wiffy Chatsby.
At the other end of the scale to the veterans, Architrave must have a shout in the David Austin Roses Juvenile Handicap Hurdle.