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plinth

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noun \ˈplin(t)th\

Simple Definition of plinth

  • : a block of stone or wood that is used as the base for a pillar, statue, etc.

Full Definition of plinth

  1. 1 a :  the lowest member of a base :  subbase b :  a block upon which the moldings of an architrave or trim are stopped at the bottom

  2. 2 :  a usually square block serving as a base; broadly :  any of various bases or lower parts

  3. 3 :  a course of stones forming a continuous foundation or base course

Origin of plinth

Latin plinthus, from Greek plinthos


First Known Use: 1601

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