Definition of trumeau in English:


Pronunciation /tro͞oˈmō/ /truˈmoʊ/


  • A section of wall or a pillar between two openings, especially a pillar dividing a large doorway in a church.

    ‘This ornamental display registers from a considerable distance and effectively dominates the portal, though statues may have been planned for the trumeau and lateral niches beneath.’
    • ‘As the author has argued in his consideration of the Souillac trumeau, such monstrous mouths could evoke a multiplicity of meanings for the monastic audience.’
    • ‘No tympanum was ever carved, however, only the trumeau to support one, together with a similarly carved block and some subsidiary reliefs.’
    • ‘Curtailment in midproject is strongly suggested by the adaptation of the trumeau to the purpose of supporting one side of the arch over the central portal.’


Late 19th century from French, literally ‘calf of the leg’.