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noun pil·lar \ˈpi-lər\

: a large post that helps to hold up something (such as a roof)

: someone who is an important member of a group

: a basic fact, idea, or principle of something

Full Definition of PILLAR

1
a :  a firm upright support for a superstructure :  post
b :  a usually ornamental column or shaft; especially :  one standing alone for a monument
2
a :  a supporting, integral, or upstanding member or part <a pillar of society>
b :  a fundamental precept <the five pillars of Islam>
3
:  a solid mass of coal, rock, or ore left standing to support a mine roof
4
:  a body part that resembles a column
pil·lar·less adjective
from pillar to post
:  from one place or one predicament to another
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Examples of PILLAR

  1. <the ancient Greek temple boasted graceful marble pillars with richly ornamented tops>
  2. <my father has been my pillar throughout this crisis>

Origin of PILLAR

Middle English piler, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin pilare, from Latin pila
First Known Use: 13th century

Other Building Terms

batten, cistern, hearth, lath, transom, wainscot

2pillar

verb

Definition of PILLAR

transitive verb
:  to provide or strengthen with or as if with pillars

First Known Use of PILLAR

1787

Other Architecture Terms

buttress, casita, cornice, fanlight, garret, lintel, parapet, pilaster, plinth
PILLARLESS Defined for Kids

pillar

noun pil·lar \ˈpi-lər\

Definition of PILLAR for Kids

1
:  a large post that supports something (as a roof)
2
:  a single column built as a monument
3
:  a supporting or important member or part <He was a pillar of society.>
4
:  something that resembles a column in shape <pillars of smoke>
Medical Dictionary

pillar

noun pil·lar \ˈpil-ər\

Medical Definition of PILLAR

:  a body part likened to a pillar or column (as the margin of the external inguinal ring); specifically :  pillar of the fauces

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