Aisle Aisle, n. [OF. ele, F. aile, wing, wing of a building, L. ala, contr. fr. axilla.] (Arch.) (a) A lateral division of a building, separated from the middle part, called the nave, by a row of columns or piers, which support the roof or an upper wall containing windows, called the clearstory wall. (b) Improperly used also for the have; -- as in the phrases, a church with three aisles, the middle aisle. (c) Also (perhaps from confusion with alley), a passage into which the pews of a church open. [1913 Webster]

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  • aisle — [aıl] n [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: ele wing , from Latin ala; influenced by English isle and French aile wing ] 1.) a long passage between rows of seats in a church, plane, theatre etc, or between rows of shelves in a shop 2.)… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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