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aisle

[ ahyl ]
/ aɪl /
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noun

a walkway between or along sections of seats in a theater, classroom, or the like.
Architecture.
  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.
the aisle, the divide or division between two political factions or parties: a Democrat who reached across the aisle to form a bipartisan coalition;a proposal that was criticized by folks on both sides of the aisle.

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Idioms for aisle

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

Origin of aisle

First recorded in 1350–1400, and in 1880–85 for def. 3; alteration (with ai from French aile “wing”) of earlier ile, isle (with s from isle); replacing Middle English ele, from Middle French, from Latin āla “wing,” cognate with axle; see ala. Sense of def. 3 derives from the central aisle dividing Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives and in other legislative chambers

OTHER WORDS FROM aisle

aisled, adjectiveun·aisled, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH aisle

aisle , I'll, isle
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British Dictionary definitions for aisle

aisle
/ (aɪl) /

noun

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 of aisle

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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