1. A temporary structure of timber, boards, etc, for various purposes, as for supporting workmen and materials in building, for exhibiting a spectacle upon, for holding the spectators at a show, etc. Pardon, gentles all, The flat, unraised spirits that have dared On this unworthy scaffold to bring forth So great an object. (Shak)
Origin: OF. Eschafault, eschafaut, escafaut, escadafaut, F. Echafaud; probably oiginally the same word as E. & F. Catafalque, It. Catafafalco. See Catafalque.