Last edited 07 Sep 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.’

Fretwork is a form of interlaced ornamental design cut into or through wood or other sheet materials with a tool such as a fretsaw.

NB Fretting is a form of metal failure.

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