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pedestal

noun ped·es·tal \ ˈpe-də-stᵊl \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of pedestal

1 a : 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

Examples of pedestal in a Sentence

  1. the pedestal of a vase

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Origin and Etymology of pedestal

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

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pedestal

verb

Definition of pedestal

pedestaled or pedestalled; pedestaling or pedestalling
transitive verb
: to place on or furnish with a pedestal

Origin and Etymology of pedestal


PEDESTAL Defined for English Language Learners

pedestal

noun

Definition of pedestal for English Language Learners

  • : the base of a column or other tall object

  • —used to describe the position of someone who is admired, successful, etc.


PEDESTAL Defined for Kids

pedestal

noun ped·es·tal \ ˈped-əs-tᵊl \

Definition of pedestal for Students

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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