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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.