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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle French frise, from friser(to curl).


frieze ‎(plural friezes)

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


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 Middle French frise, Medieval Latin frisium, variant of frigium, ultimately from Latin Phrygium (opus) "(work) of Phrygia."


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.