A frieze is a decorative band, usually, but not always, above a doorframe or on the wall near the ceiling. You may find a frieze of sculptured angels too formal for the trim of your bedroom wall.

You might not think of a frieze in the same category as a painting or a statue, but it can be a true work of art. One famous frieze is painted in a large circle on the inside of the United States Capitol building; it shows famous events in American history. Another is at the Parthenon, a temple from ancient Greece. Don’t confuse frieze with the more common term freeze, though they are pronounced the same way.

Definitions of frieze
  1. noun
    an architectural ornament consisting of a horizontal sculptured band between the architrave and the cornice
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    type of:
    architectural ornament
    (architecture) something added to a building to improve its appearance
  2. noun
    a heavy woolen fabric with a long nap
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    type of:
    cloth, fabric, material, textile
    artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers
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