pillar

noun
pil·​lar | \ ˈpi-lər How to pronounce pillar (audio) \

Definition of pillar

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a firm upright support for a superstructure : post entry 1
b : a usually ornamental column or shaft especially : one standing alone for a monument
2a : 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
from pillar to post
: from one place or one predicament to another

pillar

verb
pillared; pillaring; pillars

Definition of pillar (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to provide or strengthen with or as if with pillars

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Other Words from pillar

Noun

pillarless adjective

Synonyms for pillar

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of pillar in a Sentence

Noun the ancient Greek temple boasted graceful marble pillars with richly ornamented tops my father has been my pillar throughout this crisis
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Speed off the ball, toughness and finish, those are his three pillars. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville offense enjoying early success on the ground in new simplified scheme," 11 Sep. 2019 Disney is going to leverage its major film pillars — Marvel, Pixar, Disney Originals, and Lucasfilm — to create exclusive content for Disney+. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "Star Trek is ViacomCBS’s best hope for streaming greatness," 14 Aug. 2019 Cassellius calls them her four pillars: inclusion, collaboration, equity, and joy. James Vaznis, BostonGlobe.com, "Boston’s new superintendent starts Monday. Here’s what to expect.," 1 July 2019 Don’t miss the Malachite Room, with its stunning green pillars and gold decorations, or Pavilion Hall, which houses the gilded Peacock Clock, an 18th-century mechanical timepiece that still works. Aanchal Anand, National Geographic, "Cathedrals, canals, and cafés: the ultimate St. Petersburg itinerary," 23 May 2019 Because its wooden pillars decompose in the ground, more moisture is retained there, creating slightly lusher vegetation than on the surrounding terrain. Bridget Alex, Discover Magazine, "State of Science: Drought Uncovers Ancient Irish Henge," 1 Jan. 2019 The three-story lobby features a hooded fireplace that almost feels like a campfire and is surrounded by 20 Douglas fir pillars that give the space the look of a remote wilderness campground. Justin Franz, The Know, "Have Glacier National Park to yourself," 1 Sep. 2019 The three-story lobby features a hooded fireplace that almost feels like a campfire and is surrounded by 20 Douglas fir pillars that give the space the look of a remote wilderness campground. Justin Franz, Houston Chronicle, "Have Glacier National Park to yourself in the fall," 30 Aug. 2019 The three-story lobby features a hooded fireplace that almost feels like a campfire and is surrounded by 20 Douglas fir pillars that give the space the look of a remote wilderness campground. Justin Franz, Washington Post, "Enjoying Glacier National Park’s quiet season," 23 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The team started working on the research which initially began in 2014 with the Staghorn coral, but then the focus shifted to pillar coral because of a disease that has been devastating to the Florida Reef Tract. Lauren M. Johnson, CNN, "A scientific breakthrough at the Florida Aquarium could save America's 'Great Barrier Reef'," 21 Aug. 2019 All six of the new Yuletide scents start at just $2 and come in various sizes from tiny tea lights and votive lights to pillar candles and large jars. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "The 2018 Yankee Candle Christmas Scents Have Arrived and We Are So Ready," 5 Oct. 2018 The former governor of California took the oak in the marble pillared chambers of the Supreme Court. Sacbee, sacbee.com, "Warren sworn in as U.S. chief justice," 19 May 2017

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First Known Use of pillar

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1787, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pillar

Noun

Middle English piler, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin pilare, from Latin pila

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Time Traveler for pillar

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The first known use of pillar was in the 13th century

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Last Updated

26 Oct 2019

Cite this Entry

“Pillar.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/from%20pillar%20to%20post. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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More Definitions for pillar

pillar

noun
How to pronounce pillar (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of pillar

: 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

pillar

noun
pil·​lar | \ ˈpi-lər How to pronounce pillar (audio) \

Kids Definition of pillar

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

pillar

noun
pil·​lar | \ ˈpil-ər How to pronounce pillar (audio) \

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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