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Pillars at a temple in India include colonettes

A colonette is a small slender column,[1] usually decorative, which supports a beam or lintel. Colonettes have been used as a feature of furnishings such as a dressing table and case clock.[2][3] According to Webster's Dictionary, they are typically found in "a group in a parapet, balustrade, or cluster pier".[4] The term columnette has also been used to refer to thin columns.[5]

Chartres Cathedral has a pilier cantonné with four colonettes attached to a large central core that support the arcade, aisle vaults and nave-vaulting responds.[citation needed]

The -ette suffix, from French language, is a diminutive.

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  1. ^ Lancaster, Clay (13 January 2015). "Antebellum Architecture of Kentucky". University Press of Kentucky. Retrieved 18 July 2018 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ Jane, Adlin (18 July 2018). "Vanities: Art of the Dressing Table". Metropolitan Museum of Art. Retrieved 18 July 2018 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ Museum, McKissick; Mckissick (1 September 1986). "Carolina Folk: The Cradle of a Southern Tradition". University of South Carolina Press. Retrieved 18 July 2018 – via Google Books.
  4. ^ "Definition of COLONNETTE". Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  5. ^ Okely, W. Sebastian (18 July 1860). Development by Christian architecture in Italy. p. 56. Retrieved 18 July 2018 – via Internet Archive. columnette definition.