from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An ornamental bracket used in series under a cornice, especially a cornice of the Corinthian, Composite, or Ionic orders.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A decoratively carved supporting block atop a column.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The enriched block or horizontal bracket generally found under the cornice of the Corinthian and Composite entablature, and sometimes, less ornamented, in the Ionic and other orders; -- so called because of its arrangement at regulated distances.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In architecture, a block carved into the form of an enriched bracket, used normally under the corona in the cornice of the Corinthian and Composite, and occasionally of the Roman Ionic, orders, and in Renaissance and modern designs based upon these, and also in appropriate forms in the various medieval styles; a corbel; a bracket. Compare mutule. Also spelled modillon.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (architecture) one of a set of ornamental brackets under a cornice


Italian modiglione, from Vulgar Latin *mutiliō, mutiliōn-, from Latin mūtulus, perhaps of Etruscan origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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