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

  • n. Architecture A narrow border, molding, or fillet. Also called list2.

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  • n. a narrow fillet or border

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Same as list, n., 6.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In architecture, a narrow list or fillet; a reglet.


French, from Italian listello, diminutive of lista, border, of Germanic origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • I have the pleasure of announcing to you the arrival of the Corinthian and Ionic Capitels of Marble ordered from Italy all of which are in their proper places without the smallest accident to them except the breaking off of a small part of one of the leaves of one of the Corinthians before it was unpacked but which has been carefully put on -- I find them finished agreeable to your instructions except in the following particulars, All the Corinthian Capitels want the listel and cavetto which constitutes a part of the Astragal on the top of the shaft of the Column which you directed to be subjoined to the Capitel in the same block in consequence of our columns being of brick, the upper part of the leaves of the Corinthian is not finished off as it should have been.

    Letters to and from Jefferson, 1823


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