noun \ˈpe-dəs-təl\

: the base of a column or other tall object

—used to describe the position of someone who is admired, successful, etc.

Full Definition of PEDESTAL

a :  the support or foot of a late classic or neoclassic column — see column illustration
b :  the base of an upright structure
:  a position of esteem

Examples of PEDESTAL

  1. the pedestal of a vase

Origin of PEDESTAL

Middle French piedestal, from Old Italian piedestallo, from pie di stallo foot of a stall
First Known Use: 1563

Other Architecture Terms

buttress, casita, cornice, fanlight, garret, lintel, parapet, pilaster, plinth


pedestaled or pedestalledpedestal·ing or pedestal·ling

Definition of PEDESTAL

transitive verb
:  to place on or furnish with a pedestal

First Known Use of PEDESTAL



noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In Classical architecture, a support or base for a column, statue, vase, or obelisk. It may be square, octagonal, or circular. A single pedestal may also support a group of columns, or colonnade (see podium). The pedestal, which was first employed by Roman architects, consists (from bottom to top) of three parts: the plinth, the dado (or die), and the cornice (or cap).


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