ped·​es·​tal | \ ˈpe-də-stᵊl How to pronounce pedestal (audio) \

Definition of pedestal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : the support or foot of a late classic or neoclassical column — see column illustration
b : the base of an upright structure the pedestal of a statue
2 : base, foundation Tourism is the island's economic pedestal.
3 : a position of esteem … be careful not to put celebrities on too high a pedestal.— Phil Plait


pedestaled or pedestalled; pedestaling or pedestalling

Definition of pedestal (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to place on or furnish with a pedestal

Examples of pedestal in a Sentence


the pedestal of a vase

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Board Chairman Rob Lewallen said one monument sign not to exceed 5 feet tall including the pedestal and 6 feet wide is allowed on the site in addition to two small signs and parking spaces. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "Plans underway for 12 new homes, equipment sales business," 11 June 2019 There was another fish in the small lobby, this one made of gold and standing on a pedestal. Paul Yoon, Harper's magazine, "Run Me to Earth," 10 Mar. 2019 The door can be modified to a sliding door, and a pedestal sink will take up less floor space than a bulky vanity. Brenda Richardson, The Seattle Times, "Design for living: Modifications can remove the obstacles to aging in place," 3 Sep. 2018 The bathrooms feature tile floors, marble thresholds and pedestal sinks. Joan Walden,, "288 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury," 21 June 2018 Is is mounted on a rotating pedestal and can track objects to geosynchronous altitude, about 41 000 kilometers. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Nearly a Dozen Russian Jets Practiced an Attack on a Norwegian Radar Base," 13 Feb. 2019 In the center is a white-oak pedestal topped by an edition of a hypnotic, spiraling Georgia O’Keeffe sculpture. Nancy Hass, ELLE Decor, "This Brian J. McCarthy-Designed Hamptons Home is Filled with the Unexpected," 13 Mar. 2019 The April 30, 2018, footage showed him approaching as Little stood on the statue’s pedestal and poured the ink out of a container. Jonathan Drew, The Seattle Times, "Judge declines to punish student who poured ink on statue," 15 Oct. 2018 The bronze figure of a Southern soldier atop a tall stone pedestal was erected by the United Daughters of the Confederacy in 1913. Fox News, "The Latest: UNC leaders condemn Confederate statue toppling," 21 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Worse, pedestaling successful Asian immigrant families also often silences and subjugates undocumented Asian immigrants, who represent one out of every seven Asian immigrants living in the United States. Irene Hsu, New Republic, "Mirai Nagasu and Chloe Kim Are Not Your Immigrant Fantasy," 16 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of pedestal


1563, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1648, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pedestal

Noun and Verb

Middle French piedestal, from Old Italian piedestallo, from pie di stallo foot of a stall

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English Language Learners Definition of pedestal

: the base of a column or other tall object
used to describe the position of someone who is admired, successful, etc.


ped·​es·​tal | \ ˈped-əs-tᵊl How to pronounce pedestal (audio) \

Kids Definition of pedestal

1 : a support or foot of an upright structure (as a column, statue, or lamp)
2 : a position of high regard The students put their teacher on a pedestal.

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