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aisle (ìl) noun

A part of a church [Webmaster's note: or barn] divided laterally from the nave by a row of pillars or columns.

[Alteration (influenced by ISLE and and more recently by French aile, wing, from Latin âla), of Middle English ele, from Old French, wing of a building, from Latin âla.]

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