Definition of pilaster in English:


Syllabification: pi·las·ter
Pronunciation: /pəˈlastər


A rectangular column, especially one projecting from a wall.
More example sentences
  • He began by adding a light Baroque facade with pilasters and massive fluted columns at the main, upper tier, topped by a balustrade with vases and statues.
  • The four corners of the facades are accented with tall wooden pilasters, and the two identical front doors with semicircular fanlights are framed by pilasters supporting molded cornices.
  • A presumably Jesuit ruin, all stone dentil cornices, capitals, pilasters and broken walls.


late 16th century: from French pilastre, from Italian pilastro or medieval Latin pilastrum, from Latin pila 'pillar'.



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  • In its earliest guise the Winslow House was a two-story dwelling, gabled at the sides with three bays across the front and capped by a massive pilastered chimney in the most elegant seventeenth-century manner.
  • Set apart by pilastered stonework, the top floor broke again with the established fenestration pattern by featuring six identical vertical windows.

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