colonette

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

French

Noun[edit]

colonette (plural colonettes)

  1. (architecture) A narrow decorative column supporting a beam or lintel.
    • 2007 November 6, David W. Dunlap, “A Blossoming Cathedral Tower Sheds Its Scaffolding”, New York Times:
      What is now revealed, in a limestone several shades blonder than the rest of the cathedral, are crisp buttresses, gables, colonettes, gargoyles, pinnacles, crockets and ornaments known as trefoils (three cusps), quatrefoils (four cusps) and cinquefoils (five cusps).