- a shallow rectangular feature projecting from a wall, having a capital and base and usually imitating the form of a column.
Origin of pilaster
Examples from the Web for pilaster
A small head or top of a column; the head or uppermost member of a pilaster.Carpentry for Boys
J. S. Zerbe
Further, there was a pilaster in the middle, below the central bracket.The Care of Books
John Willis Clark
If not, come with me behind the pilaster, for I have something to say before we separate.'Stradella
F(rancis) Marion Crawford
In this loggia the name of Giovan Maria is carved on a pilaster.
It'll cost me three and six to get that there pilaster mended.'The Light That Failed
- a shallow rectangular column attached to the face of a wall
Word Origin and History for pilaster
a square column, 1570s, from Middle French pilastre (1540s), from Italian pilastro, from Medieval Latin pilastrum (mid-14c.), from pila, "buttress, pile" (from Latin pila, see pillar) + Latin -aster, suffix "expressing incomplete resemblance" [Barnhart].