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pilaster

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

pilaster
/ (pɪˈlæstə) /

noun
a shallow rectangular column attached to the face of a wall

Derived forms of pilaster

pilastered, adjective

Word Origin for pilaster

C16: from French pilastre, from Latin pīla pillar
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