Definition of triglyph in English:



  • A tablet in a Doric frieze with three vertical grooves alternating with metopes.

    • ‘Sansovino could have designed a rusticated flat arch for the herms to carry, or even a simple Tuscan entablature without metopes and triglyphs, but instead he chose the Doric.’
    • ‘Morgan here says you find the abacus between the triglyphs in the frieze section of the entablature of classical Greek Doric temples.’
    • ‘Three hours later the woodshed had acquired a doorcase in strict neoclassical style, with pilasters, triglyphs, and a cornice, and he was looking positively pleased with himself, as he rolled off up the hill to face the music.’
    • ‘Carving is sharp and crisp, as if contemporary, despite being constructed over 16 centuries ago and the stylized details (presumed, like classical triglyphs, to be petrified timber details) are typical of the Aksumite style.’
    • ‘One stand has a torus molding with red-painted triglyph and metopal sections, while a lower register has alternating black and white sections.’


Mid 16th century via Latin from Greek trigluphos, from tri- ‘three’ + gluphē ‘carving’.