One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
In classical architecture: each of the parts of a pier visible between engaged columns or pilasters, typically forming the abutment of an arch. Formerly also: †a piedroit.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in Charles James (d. 1821), army officer and writer. From French alette from classical Latin āla wing + -ette.
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