1. Horizontal central band of a Classical entablature below the cornice and over the architrave, occasionally omitted in the Greek Ionic Order. It is a flat unornamented band in the Tuscan Order; it is broken up into metopes and triglyphs in the Doric Order; and is plain or enriched with sculptured reliefs in the Ionic, Corinthian, and Composite Orders. It can have a convex profile (i.e. be pulvinated), usually in variations of the Ionic and Composite orders.
2. Hypotrachelion of some Ionic Orders resembling a frieze under the capital.
3. Strip or band under the cornice of an internal wall over the picture-rail.
frieze1 / frēz/ • n. a broad horizontal band of sculpted or painted decoration, esp. on a wall near the ceiling. ∎ a horizontal paper strip mounted on a wall to give a similar effect. ∎ Archit. the part of an entablature between the architrave and the cornice.frieze2 • n. heavy, coarse woolen cloth with a nap, usually on one side only.