Pilaster meaning

pĭ-lăstər
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A rectangular support or pier projecting partially from a wall and treated architecturally as a column, with a base, shaft, and capital.
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A rectangular column with a capital and base, projecting only slightly from a wall as an ornamental motif.
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(architecture) A rectangular column that projects partially from the wall to which it attached; it gives the appearance of a support, but is only for decoration.
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Origin of pilaster

  • French 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 para–1) (-statēs -stat)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French pilastre, from Italian pilastro.

    From Wiktionary