[ pi-las-ter ]
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  1. a shallow rectangular feature projecting from a wall, having a capital and base and usually imitating the form of a column.

Origin of pilaster

1565–75; pile1 (in obsolete sense “pillar”) + -aster1, modeled on Italian pilastro or Medieval Latin pīlastrum

Other words from pilaster

  • un·der·pi·las·ter, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for pilaster


/ (pɪˈlæstə) /

  1. a shallow rectangular column attached to the face of a wall

Origin of pilaster

C16: from French pilastre, from Latin pīla pillar

Derived forms of pilaster

  • pilastered, adjective

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