Critical need by 8/31:   $10,000 to cover a crippling immediate shortfall.   $7,605 to go.   Please help now!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Dictionary

A modern dictionary of Catholic terms, both common and obscure. Find accurate definitions of words and phrases.

Search:

Or browse the dictionary by selecting a letter!
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

AISLE

An architectural division of a church separated from the nave by rows of pillars or columns. In Gothic buildings the roof of the aisle is lower than that of the nave. Sometimes the aisles stop at the transepts, but often they are continued around the apse. Confusing ala (wing) with the French allée (alley), the word aisle is popularly used to describe the passage between rows of pews or chairs. (Etym. Latin ala, wing.)

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Legal pressure does not make sterilization moral 11 hours ago
Just as you suspected, most polls are useless. August 26
Intrinsic evil can't be evaluated on a case-by-case basis August 26
'Catholicism by osmosis is dead'—Weigel hits the nail on the head August 26
Human Life is Family Life August 25

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis: welcome with compassion those who have remarried outside the Church CWN - August 5