a : the support or foot of a late classic or neoclassic column — see column illustration
b : the base of an upright structure
Origin of PEDESTAL
Middle French piedestal,
from Old Italian piedestallo,
from pie di stallo
foot of a stall
First Known Use: 1563
pedestaled or pedestalledpedestal·ing or pedestal·ling
: to place on or furnish with a pedestal
First Known Use of PEDESTAL
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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