- a longitudinal division of an interior area, as in a church, separated from the main area by an arcade or the like.
- any of the longitudinal divisions of a church or the like.
Origin of aisle
Examples from the Web for aisle
The mistletoe must have been hanging right across the aisle on Capital Hill.
But from the outside, from my side of the aisle, the situation seems very clear.
Princess Ariel and Prince Eric walk down the aisle, and are greeted by a stout clergyman who is allegedly too happy to see them.When the Religious Right Attacked ‘The Little Mermaid’|Asawin Suebsaeng|November 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Many from his side of the aisle are now just as wrong on this issue as his opponents are.The Pipeline From Hell: There’s No Good Reason to Build Keystone XL|Jack Holmes|November 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Luggage spilled into the aisle as the bus pulled out of the station.On the Bus: Ukraine’s Frontline Express Across the Battle Lines|Ted Phillips|September 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It came about through her trying to help Etta Spears, who sat across the aisle from Tess.The Corner House Girls' Odd Find|Grace Brooks Hill
He and his mother were seated about five rows back from the front row on the edge of the aisle.Carnac's Folly, Complete|Gilbert Parker
The steps to the vault, as has been stated, were on the outside of the building, immediately under the aisle wall.A Pair of Blue Eyes|Thomas Hardy
The following arrangement is frequently observed: The ushers enter first, walking slowly down the aisle two by two.Book of Etiquette|Lillian Eichler
Anyway, when She had turned Her beautiful head and smiled across the aisle, it had been at him.The Very Small Person|Annie Hamilton Donnell
Word Origin for aisle
late 14c., ele, "lateral division of a church (usually separated by a row of pillars), from Old French ele "wing (of a bird or an army), side of a ship" (12c., Modern French aile), from Latin ala, related to axilla "wing, upper arm, armpit; wing of an army," from PIE *aks- "axis" (see axis), via a suffixed form *aks-la-. The root meaning in "turning" connects it with axle and axis.
Confused 15c. with unrelated ile "island" (perhaps from notion of a "detached" part of a church), and so it took an -s- when isle did, c.1700; by 1750 it had acquired an a-, on the model of French cognate aile. The word also was confused with alley, which gave it the sense of "passage between rows of pews or seats" (1731), which was thence extended to railway cars, theaters, etc.