variants: or allette \ ə-​ˈlet , a-​ \
plural -s

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

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First Known Use of alette

1816, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for alette

French alette, from Old French alette, elette small wing, diminutive of ele wing

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“Alette.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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