Adjective "aisle" definition and examples

(Aisle may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/ʌɪl/

Definitions and examples

noun

A passage between rows of seats in a building such as a church or theatre, an aircraft, or train.
  1. 'The bus was headed from the Western Wall to an ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighbourhood on the city's outskirts, and families with children were packed in the seats and aisles.'
  2. 'Seated across the aisle from him were three girls Yutaka recognized from school.'
  3. 'At which point, I wondered, would it be ok to get up and move to the empty, inviting seats across the aisle?'
  4. 'Then my eyes fell on those three women, sitting on alternate seats across the aisle from each other.'
  5. 'I chose a seat on the aisle near the back and settled in to enjoy the program of traditional Christmas music.'
  6. 'There's always that moment when, because there are four of us, three are allotted a row of seats and one has the seat across the aisle.'
  7. 'As he walked off-stage, he cast a glance of recognition towards those seated in the second aisle.'
  8. 'At a humanist ceremony at York Crematorium, conducted by Maggie Blunt, mourners sat and kneeled in the aisles because every seat was taken.'
  9. 'Everything takes much longer, as too many people are boarding at any one time and blocking the aisles near the prime seats.'
  10. 'Around 600 mourners filled the seats and aisles of St Andrew's to watch Mr Lewis's coffin carried in by some of his friends.'
  11. 'I spend much of my time at the shops, wandering through the aisles'
  12. 'The old storage barn, however, was the one that really delighted us, for most of the tools were still there, piled high on shelves and crammed into the aisles between shelves.'
  13. 'But I can still remember back to when I could dangle my legs out of the shopping cart seat and watch the aisles go by.'
  14. 'He wandered down the long aisle between the shelves that towered far too high to reach, stuffed with books.'
  15. 'There were four aisles' worth of shelves, and to dust them required Adam to take the merchandise off, dust and then replace the items in the exact order with which they were removed.'
  16. 'The more choice we have, the less likely we are to enjoy the shared experience - unless it's wandering around the supermarket aisles in a mass daze, wondering what to buy.'
  17. 'I felt so grown-up strolling the long aisles of towering wooden shelves, stopping to consider each interesting item - and its price.'
  18. '‘You're not funny,’ I hissed, then, gathering a stack of books, headed for a shelf a couple of aisles over.'
  19. 'This company is also known for its butter, which is richer than its domestic counterparts in U.S. supermarket dairy aisles.'
  20. 'Soy burgers can be found in the frozen-foods aisle of any supermarket.'
  21. 'Go to the bread aisle in your supermarket, and count just how many different products we have.'
  22. 'Around the thirteenth-century north and south choir aisles, the spandrels of the blank arcading have many Green Beasts, including the one shown here.'
  23. 'White pillars towered above him, and marble guards lined the aisle, stone spears held at the ready.'
  24. 'The route leads towards the double doors that lead to stairs which go up to the south aisle of the church.'
  25. 'A narrow chancel originally lay east of the nave and parts of its north wall can still be seen, pierced by the arcade between the nave and the north aisle.'
  26. 'The aisles and nave of the church are connected by arches which are held up by 18 imposing stone pillars made from well chiselled limestone.'
  27. 'Folding chairs were snapped open along the aisles and in the choir loft, filling every available surface in order to accommodate the throng who had come to honour Fred.'
  28. 'The nearest people were five or six rows in front of me, and the pews across the aisle were empty for almost a dozen rows.'
  29. 'The church is later English; and consists of nave, aisles, and chancel, with porch and tower.'
  30. 'Although St George's had to be wider than it was long, he managed to create a central, square nave flanked by galleried aisles, with an apse containing a magnificent tall reredos to the east.'
  31. 'I'm an old abandoned church with broken pews and empty aisles.'

More definitions

1. a walkway between or along sections of seats in a theater, classroom, or the like.

2. Architecture. a longitudinal division of an interior area, as in a church, separated from the main area by an arcade or the like. any of the longitudinal divisions of a church or the like. Idioms

3. in the aisles, (of an audience) convulsed with laughter.

More examples(as adjective)

"aircraft can be aisle."

Origin

Late Middle English ele, ile, from Old French ele, from Latin ala ‘wing’. The spelling change in the 17th century was due to confusion with isle and influenced by French aile ‘wing’.

Phrase

lead someone up the aisle
walk down the aisle