Last edited 09 Jun 2021


The Penguin Dictionary of Architecture (third edition) was published in 1980. It was created for Penguin Reference and compiled by John Fleming, Hugh Honour and Nikolaus Pevsner.

It defines a fret as: ‘A geometrical ornament of horizontal and vertical straight lines repeated to form a band, e.g., a key pattern or meander.’

Fret is not to be confused with fretting, which is a form of metal failure.

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