Definition of pedestal
- the pedestal of a statue
- … be careful not to put celebrities on too high a pedestal.
- —Phil Plait
the pedestal of a vase
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First Known Use: 1563See Words from the same year
: the base of a column or other tall object
—used to describe the position of someone who is admired, successful, etc.
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of yeast or being unsettled or frivolous
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