/ahr"keuh vohlt'/, n. Archit.
a molded or decorated band following the extrados of an arch or forming an archlike frame for an opening.
[1725-35; < F archivolte < It archivolto < ML *archivoltum, Latinization of OF arvol < LL arcus volutus vaulted arch; see ARCH1, VAULT1]

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 molding running around the face of an arch immediately above the opening. The architectural term is applied especially to medieval and Renaissance buildings, where the archivolts are often decorated with sculpture, as in the archivolts on the west facade of Chartres Cathedral (1140–50).

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