Definition of archivolt in English:



  • 1A band of molding, resembling an architrave, around the lower curve of an arch.

    ‘In the Romanesque and Gothic styles, the archivolt frames the tympanum, a richly sculpted panel.’
    • ‘The imposts of the ground-storey piers were simplified and the moulded archivolts were omitted.’
    • ‘The recessed entry is located in the tower, and has a round arch with decorative archivolt molding.’
    • ‘The grisaille paintings portray archivolt figures as well as saints in scenes which parallel the main motifs.’
    • ‘A careful examination of the façade's decoration reveals over a hundred plant species and a hundred animals sculpted on the archivolts and ribs.’
    1. 1.1The lower curve of an arch from impost to impost of the columns.
      ‘The archivolt is comprised of two arches.’
      • ‘Construction technique, the way the ashlars are worked and the profiles of an archivolt are the only means of dating the discovered walls, and thus the entire building.’
      • ‘The windows along the south side, which appear from without to be four-centred Gothic arches, are in fact round-headed, with classical archivolts and keystones.’



/ˈärkəˌvōlt/ /ˈɑrkəˌvoʊlt/


Mid 17th century from French archivolte or Italian archivolto, based on Latin arcus ‘bow, arch’ + volvere ‘to roll’.