pilaster

[pi-las-ter]
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noun Architecture.
  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
Related formsun·der·pi·las·ter, noun
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pilaster

noun
  1. a shallow rectangular column attached to the face of a wall
Derived Formspilastered, adjective

Word Origin for pilaster

C16: from French pilastre, from Latin pīla pillar
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Word Origin and History for pilaster
n.

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].

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