Medieval Glossary


A wing, or any part of a building flanking another. The term is usually applied to side passages, or lateral division of a church, which are partially separated from the nave and choir by columns or piers. The nave itself, or central part of the church, is sometimes, though improperly, denominated the middle aile. Also spelled 'aisle.'

Related term(s): Aisle
Category: Buildings, Goods, and Materials
Added: 12.02.05
Source information: Britton, John, F.S.A. A Dictionary of the Architecture and Archaeology of the Middle Ages. J. Le Keux, illus. London: Longman, Orme, Brown, Green, and Longmans, Paternoster Row; and the Author, Burton Street, 1838. 10.


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