[ ahyl ]
/ aɪl /


a walkway between or along sections of seats in a theater, classroom, or the like.
  1. a longitudinal division of an interior area, as in a church, separated from the main area by an arcade or the like.
  2. any of the longitudinal divisions of a church or the like.


    in the aisles, (of an audience) convulsed with laughter.

Origin of aisle

1350–1400; alteration (with ai < French aile wing) of earlier isle (with s from isle), ile; replacing Middle English ele < Middle French < Latin āla wing, cognate with axle. See ala

Related forms

aisled, adjectiveun·aisled, adjective

Can be confused

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British Dictionary definitions for aisle


/ (aɪl) /


a passageway separating seating areas in a theatre, church, etc; gangway
a lateral division in a church flanking the nave or chancel
rolling in the aisles informal (of an audience) overcome with laughter

Derived Forms

aisled, adjectiveaisleless, adjective

Word Origin for aisle

C14 ele (later aile, aisle, through confusion with isle (island)), via Old French from Latin āla wing
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