Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A small, relatively thin column, often used for decoration or to support an arcade.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A little column.

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  • noun architecture a small, thin column, especially one used to support an arcade

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French, diminutive of colonne, column, from Old French columpne, from Latin columna; see kel- in Indo-European roots.]

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From French

Examples

  • The most interesting part is the five-sided apse, with in each side one long lancet window, and above it two small windows separated by an impost colonnette.

    The South of France—East Half

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