frieze

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English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

Late Middle English, from French and Middle French frise, probably from Medieval Latin Frisia (Frisian (wool)) due to import via Northern ships. Or, from French friser (to curl).[1].

Noun[edit]

frieze (countable and uncountable, plural friezes)

  1. A kind of coarse woolen cloth or stuff with a shaggy or tufted (friezed) nap on one side.
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Verb[edit]

frieze (third-person singular simple present friezes, present participle friezing, simple past and past participle friezed)

  1. (transitive) To make a nap on (cloth); to friz.

Etymology 2[edit]

From French and Middle French frise f, derived from an Upper Italian fris f, Medieval Latin frisum, frisium, frigium, frixum, frigium, of controversial origin, possibly from multiple sources, Arabic إِفْرِيز(ʾifrīz, king beam, cornice) and Latin opus Phrygium (a kind of embroidery, literally work of Phrygia), the demonym Frisian and terms related to the textile term above in a transferred sense.

Noun[edit]

frieze (plural friezes)

  1. (architecture) That part of the entablature of an order which is between the architrave and cornice. It is a flat member or face, either uniform or broken by triglyphs, and often enriched with figures and other ornaments of sculpture.
  2. Any sculptured or richly ornamented band in a building or, by extension, in rich pieces of furniture.
  3. A banner with a series of pictures.
    The classroom had an alphabet frieze that showed an animal for each letter.
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Verb[edit]

frieze (third-person singular simple present friezes, present participle friezing, simple past and past participle friezed)

  1. (transitive, architecture) To put a frieze on.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Oxford English Dictionary, 1884–1928, and First Supplement, 1933.

West Frisian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Frisian *friāsa, from Proto-West Germanic *freusan.

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Verb[edit]

frieze

  1. to freeze

Inflection[edit]

Strong class 2
infinitive frieze
3rd singular past frear
past participle ferzen
infinitive frieze
long infinitive friezen
gerund friezen n
indicative present tense past tense
1st singular fries frear
2nd singular friest freart
3rd singular friest frear
plural frieze frearen
imperative fries
participles friezend ferzen

Further reading[edit]

  • “frieze”, in Wurdboek fan de Fryske taal[1] (in Dutch), 2011