- a shallow rectangular feature projecting from a wall, having a capital and base and usually imitating the form of a column.
Origin of pilaster
Related Words for pilasterpromenade, dock, wharf, jetty, dam, pedestal, monument, berth, quay, buttress, column, pillar, landing, pile, levee, slip, upright, post, mole
Examples from the Web for pilaster
Historical Examples of 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 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].