from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A part of a church divided laterally from the nave by a row of pillars or columns.
- n. A passageway between rows of seats, as in an auditorium or an airplane.
- n. A passageway for inside traffic, as in a department store, warehouse, or supermarket.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A wing of a building, notably in a church separated from the nave proper by piers.
- n. A clear path through rows of seating.
- n. A clear corridor in a supermarket with shelves on both sides containing goods for sale.
- n. Any path through an otherwise obstructed space.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A lateral division of a building, separated from the middle part, called the nave, by a row of columns or piers, which support the roof or an upper wall containing windows, called the clearstory wall.
- n. Improperly used also for the have; -- as in the phrases, a church with three aisles, the middle aisle.
- n. Also (perhaps from confusion with alley), a passage into which the pews of a church open.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Properly, a lateral subdivision of a church, parallel to the nave, choir, or transept, from which it is divided by piers or columns, and often surmounted by a gallery.
- In heraldry, winged or having wings.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. passageway between seating areas as in an auditorium or passenger vehicle or between areas of shelves of goods as in stores
- n. a long narrow passage (as in a cave or woods)
- n. part of a church divided laterally from the nave proper by rows of pillars or columns
Alteration (influenced by isle and French aile, wing) of Middle English ele, from Old French, wing of a building, from Latin āla.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle French aisle (Modern French aile) from Latin ala. (Wiktionary)