Meaning of “frieze” in the English Dictionary


"frieze" in English

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friezenoun [ C ]

uk /friːz/ us /friːz/

Examples from literature

  • A frieze of angels ran round its four walls, and, oddly, for some special past occasion, a legend in crimson and gold on the western side bore the words, "The Eye of God is on us." 
  • Finally, I had my collection of faded French costume prints set flat against the top of the wall as a frieze. 
  • It was much dilapidated, and there was little ground about it, but inside there were old frescoes and pictures, strange plaster friezes and moulded ceilings, which had once been brightly coloured. 
  • The inscription on the frieze ascribes praise to Mary alone. 
  • The upper frieze has also winged cherubs' heads, six of them with swags of fruit and foliage, all of exceptional charm and vivacity. 

(Definition of “frieze” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"frieze" in American English

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friezenoun [ C ]

us /friz/

a narrow strip of decoration, often cut from stone or wood and usually placed at the top of a wall

(Definition of “frieze” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)