An example of a scaffold is a raised wooden structure built around a building that window washers stand on in order to wash windows on high floors.
An example of a scaffold is a large raised wooden platform that criminals were publicly executed on during the French Revolution.
Origin of scaffold
- Middle English from Medieval Latin scaffaldus of Old French origin
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Middle English scaffold, scaffalde, from Medieval Latin scaffaldus, from Old French eschaffaut, escadafaut (“platform to see a tournament"), from Late Latin scadafaltum, from ex- + *cadafaltum, catafalcum (“view-stage"), from Old Italian *catare (“to view, see") + falco (“a stage"), a variant of balco (“stage, beam, balk"), from Lombardic palko, palcho (“scaffold, balk, beam"), from Proto-Germanic *balkÃ´ (“beam, rafter"), from Proto-Indo-European *bhelg- (“beam, plank"). Akin to Old High German balco, balcho (“scaffold, balk, beam"). More at catafalque, balcony, balk.