a rectangular support or pier projecting partially from a wall and treated architecturally as a column, with a base, shaft, and capital
Origin of pilasterFrench pilastre from Italian pilastro from Classical Latin pila, a pile, column
A rectangular column with a capital and base, projecting only slightly from a wall as an ornamental motif.
Origin of pilasterFrench pilastre from Old French from Old Italian pilastro from Medieval Latin pīlaster Latin pīla pillar Latin -aster n. suff. or blend of Latin pīla pillar and Late Latin parastatēs pilaster ( from Greek stay, supporter ) ( para- beside ; see para- 1. ) ( -statēs -stat )