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See also: aísle and aislé



Middle French aisle (Modern French aile) from Latin ala.



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aisle (plural aisles)

  1. A wing of a building, notably in a church separated from the nave proper by piers.
    • 1907, Harold Bindloss, chapter 20, The Dust of Conflict[1]:
      Hester Earle and Violet Wayne were moving about the aisle with bundles of wheat-ears and streamers of ivy, for the harvest thanksgiving was shortly to be celebrated, while the vicar stood waiting for their directions on the chancel steps with a great handful of crimson gladioli.
    • 1956, Delano Ames, chapter 13, Crime out of Mind[2]:
      In one of the aisles there was an elaborately carved confessional box and I recognised the village priest in his heavy mountain boots and black cassock as he entered it and drew the dark velvet curtains behind him.
  2. A clear path through rows of seating.
  3. A clear corridor in a supermarket with shelves on both sides containing goods for sale.
  4. Any path through an otherwise obstructed space.


  • (path senses): isle

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Old French aile, Latin ala with the addition of an unetymological s


aisle f (plural aisles)

  1. wing (anatomical structure of flying animals)