Simple Definition of aisle
: a passage between sections of seats in a church, theater, airplane, etc.
: a passage where people walk through a store, market, etc.
Full Definition of aisle
1 : the side of a church nave separated by piers from the nave proper
2 a (1) : a passage (as in a theater or railroad passenger car) separating sections of seats (2) : such a passage regarded as separating opposing parties in a legislature <supported by members on both sides of the aisle> b : a passage (as in a store or warehouse) for inside traffic
Examples of aisle
The bride walked down the aisle to the altar.
By the end of the concert, the people in the theater were dancing in the aisles.
Origin of aisle
Middle English ile, alteration of ele, from Anglo-French, literally, wing, from Latin ala; akin to Old English eaxl shoulder, Latin axis axletree — more at axis
First Known Use: 15th century
AISLE Defined for Kids
Definition of aisle
1 : a passage between sections of seats (as in a church or theater)
2 : a passage between shelves (as in a supermarket)
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