\ \ [16] Phrygia, in western and central Asia Minor, was noted in ancient times for its embroidery. Hence classical Latin Phrygiumof Phrygia’ was pressed into service in medieval Latin (as frigium, or later frisium) for ‘embroidered cloth’. English acquired the word via Old French frise, by which time it had progressed semantically via ‘fringe’ to ‘decorative band along the top of a wall’.

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  • Frieze — Frieze, n. [F. frise, perh. originally a woolen cloth or stuff from Friesland (F. Frise); cf. LL. frisii panni and frissatus pannus, a shaggy woolen cloth, F. friser to friz, curl. Cf. {Friz}.] A kind of coarse woolen cloth or stuff with a shaggy …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • frieze — [fri:z] n [Date: 1500 1600; : French; Origin: frise, perhaps from Latin Phrygia, ancient country in Asia whose people were famous for their skill in making things] a decoration that goes along the top of the walls of a room or a building …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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  • frieze — ► NOUN 1) a broad horizontal band of sculpted or painted decoration. 2) Architecture the part of an entablature between the architrave and the cornice. ORIGIN Latin frisium, from Phrygium opus work of Phrygia …   English terms dictionary

  • frieze — frieze1 [frēz] n. [Fr frise < ML frisium < ? Frank * frisi, a curl, akin to OE fris, crisped, curled; ? confused in folk etym. by assoc. with ML frigium < L Phrygium, Phrygian: Phrygia was noted for embroidery in gold] 1. a decoration or …   English World dictionary

  • Frieze — In architecture the frieze is the wide central section part of an entablature and may be plain or ndash; in the Ionic or Corinthian order ndash; decorated with bas reliefs. In an astylar wall it lies upon the architrave ( main beam ) and is… …   Wikipedia

  • frieze — frieze1 /freez/, n. 1. Archit. a. the part of a classical entablature between the architrave and the cornice, usually decorated with sculpture in low relief. See diag. under column. b. any decorative band on an outside wall, broader than a… …   Universalium

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