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aisle

Syllabification: aisle

Definition of aisle in English:

noun

1A passage between rows of seats in a building such as a church or theater, an airplane, or a train: the musical had the audience dancing in the aisles
More example sentences
  • Turtle chose his seat on the train across the aisle from Tim in the row behind Megan and Jeff.
  • The bus was headed from the Western Wall to an ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighbourhood on the city's outskirts, and families with children were packed in the seats and aisles.
  • Thirty unarmed INS agents accompanied the flight, guarding the handcuffed deportees in shifts, standing in aircraft's aisles at every fifth row.
Synonyms
1.1A passage between shelves of goods in a supermarket or other building.
Example sentences
  • He wandered down the long aisle between the shelves that towered far too high to reach, stuffed with books.
  • The more choice we have, the less likely we are to enjoy the shared experience - unless it's wandering around the supermarket aisles in a mass daze, wondering what to buy.
  • You wander through the aisles of any supermarket and everything is the same.
1.2 Architecture (In a church) a lower part parallel to and at the side of a nave, choir, or transept, from which it is divided by pillars.
Example sentences
  • In a gothic cathedral, the nave is flanked by aisles which run parallel to it.
  • The church is later English; and consists of nave, aisles, and chancel, with porch and tower.
  • Although St George's had to be wider than it was long, he managed to create a central, square nave flanked by galleried aisles, with an apse containing a magnificent tall reredos to the east.

Origin

late Middle English ele, ile, from Old French ele, from Latin ala 'wing'. The spelling change in the 17th century was due to confusion with isle and influenced by French aile 'wing'.

Phrases

lead someone up the aisle

1
Get married to someone.
Example sentences
  • Sadly, he never led me up the aisle or put a ring on my finger (actually, that isn't quite true), but this week all that changed when I became a different kind of Mrs Robinson.
  • Catherine her sister acted as a bridesmaid and Thomas Pringle led her up the aisle.
  • Rauru patted her gently on the shoulder, as he led her up the aisle.

Derivatives

aisled

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • The hotel contains an oak timber frame thought to have formed the end of an aisled hall, a popular form of building among well-off peasants in the 13 th century.
  • Now you see that what it resembles is a preaching hall, like Les Jacobins in Toulouse, rather than an aisled, chapel-lined cathedral.
  • They vary in plan (not least because some were developed over generations), but often incorporate aisled elements or courtyards.

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