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

Noun the pedestal of a vase
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun However, the main idea is not to put him on a pedestal but to bring inspiration to present and future songwriters. Washington Post, 18 Apr. 2022 By song’s end, Underwood was lifted a few feet off the ground on a pedestal. Joseph Hudak, Rolling Stone, 4 Apr. 2022 At the end of the Nanushka presentation, for example, three models stood on a pedestal with their eyes closed revealing blue and yellow eye makeup while a string quartet played the Ukrainian national anthem. Fiona Sinclair Scott, CNN, 12 Mar. 2022 As the reigning queen of the Indian film industry — also known as Bollywood — Padukone has been put on a pedestal. Allure, 10 Mar. 2022 One of my sisters criticizes me for putting my friendships on a pedestal. cleveland, 22 Feb. 2022 None other than Yuzuru Hanyu, the Japanese skater who won the previous two gold medals and is one of Chen’s biggest rivals and a close friend, put the Salt Lake City skater on a pedestal. The Salt Lake Tribune, 20 Feb. 2022 Her mami wata was installed at the base of the pedestal. The New Yorker, 21 Mar. 2022 Still, in just a few short weeks, Jackson has gone from being seen as a woman, highly accomplished, but fallible like the rest of us, to a symbol, put on a pedestal to be praised and attacked. Erika D. Smithcolumnist, Los Angeles Times, 9 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The state of Virginia took that statue and pedestal down in September and deeded the property to the city. Washington Post, 1 Feb. 2022 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, 16 Feb. 2018 See More

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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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The first known use of pedestal was in 1563

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14 May 2022

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“Pedestal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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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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