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saw-trestle or sawhorse (1,2)
wooden trestle bridge (3,4)


From Middle English trestel, from Old French trestel (crossbeam) (French tréteau), from Latin trānstellum, diminutive of trānstrum.


  • IPA(key): /ˈtɹɛsəl/
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  • Rhymes: -ɛsəl


trestle (plural trestles)

  1. A horizontal member supported near each end by a pair of divergent legs, such as sawhorses.
  2. A folding or fixed set of legs used to support a tabletop or planks.
    • 1900, Charles W. Chesnutt, chapter I, in The House Behind the Cedars:
      He turned the knob, but the door was locked. Retracing his steps past a vacant lot, the young man entered a shop where a colored man was employed in varnishing a coffin, which stood on two trestles in the middle of the floor.
  3. A framework, using spreading, divergent pairs of legs used to support a bridge.
  4. A trestle bridge.

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  1. Alternative form of trestel