The aisle running between rows of seats in a church.
An example of an aisle is the location where a priest and the altar servers walk down at the beginning of a Catholic Mass.
- a part of a church alongside the nave, choir, or transept, set off by a row of columns or piers
- a passageway between sections of seats in a theater, rows of merchandise in a store, etc.
- a narrow passageway, as between rows of trees
Origin of aislein ref. to the aisle dividing the seats of the two parties in each house of the U.S. Congress the political divide between Democrats and Republicans: used with the
Origin of aisleMiddle English ile ; from Old French aile, wing, section of a building (see aileron); eastern; English -s- through confusion with isle
roll in the aisles
walk down the aisle
Origin of aislein ref. to the center aisle of a church
- A part of a church divided laterally from the nave, transept, or choir by a row of columns.
- A passageway between rows of seats, as in an auditorium or an airplane.
- A passageway for inside traffic, as in a department store, warehouse, or supermarket.
Origin of aisleAlteration (influenced by isle and French aile, wing) of Middle English ele, from Old French, wing of a building, from Latin ala.