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From Italian transenna.


transenna (plural transennas or transenne)

  1. (architecture) A screen.
    • 1881, George Gilbert Scott, An Essay on the History of English Church Architecture:
      By this reversed direction of the high altars in the two churches each altar was, through the transenna, in view of the other.
    • 1982, Meredith P. Lillich, Studies in Cistercian art and architecture, page 134:
      Very pertinent relationships between these grisailles of the vegetal type and Islamic transennas have been established by Eva Frodl-Kraft, between that of Obazine with palmettes enchâssées, and a transenna from the Umayyad castle of Qasr-el Heir al Gharbi (about 727-750), today reconstructed at the National Museum in Damascus, and with a plaque, probably of Syrian origin, reused over a tomb in San Marco in Venice.
    • 2015, Margaret Visse, The Geometry of Love: Space, Time, Mystery, and Meaning in an Ordinary Church:
      The transenne have simple geometrical designs—a common one consists of arching shapes suggestive of waves of water—and wherever these stone screens survive they give dim rippling or starlike lighting effects to church interiors.


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From Latin.


transenna f (plural transenne)

  1. barrier, barricade (for crowd control)
  2. (architecture) screen

Derived termsEdit



  1. third-person singular present indicative of transennare
  2. second-person singular imperative of transennare


Alternative formsEdit


Perhaps borrowed from Etruscan.[1]



transenna f (genitive transennae); first declension

  1. A noose, springe, net
  2. A latticework
  3. A snare, trap


First declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative transenna transennae
genitive transennae transennārum
dative transennae transennīs
accusative transennam transennās
ablative transennā transennīs
vocative transenna transennae


  1. ^ Walde, Alois; Hofmann, Johann Baptist (1954), “transenna”, in Lateinisches etymologisches Wörterbuch (in German), volume II, 3rd edition, Heidelberg: Carl Winter, page 700
  • transenna in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • transenna in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette