Definition of alette
1 Roman & neoclassic archit : the pilasterlike abutment of an arch that is seen on either side of the large engaged column and that carries the entablature
2 : a wing of a building
Love words? You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.
Join MWU now and get access to America’s largest dictionary, with:
- 300,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
- Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
- Advanced search features
- Ad free!
Origin and Etymology of alette
French alette, from Old French alette, elette small wing, diminutive of ele wing — more at aisle
First Known Use: 1816
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up alette? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).