Definition of pilaster
: an upright architectural member that is rectangular in plan and is structurally a pier but architecturally treated as a column and that usually projects a third of its width or less from the wall
Examples of pilaster in a Sentence
the rectangular pilasters spaced along the building's facade lend an air of classical grandeur
Recent Examples of pilaster from the Web
White pilasters rising at intervals set up a pleasing counterpoint to the walnut tracery of the bookshelves holding Neri’s collection.
The facade has brick and red sandstone from Lake Superior, with a carved terra-cotta lintel and fluted iron pilasters.
One of the majestic houses along the Hudson River, this 1896 Beaux Arts structure (fire destroyed the 1795 original) has a giant portico and tall pilasters and drips with Louis XIV furnishings.
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Origin and Etymology of pilaster
Middle French pilastre, from Italian pilastro
First Known Use: 1573See Words from the same year
PILASTER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of pilaster for English Language Learners
: a rectangular column that is attached to a wall and that is used for decoration or support
Medical Definition of pilaster
: an elongated hardened ridge; especially : a longitudinal bony ridge on the back of the femur
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