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

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 The statue’s pedestal was removed from the center of campus just before 1 a.m. Tuesday. Valerie Bauerlein, WSJ, "UNC Leaders Hasten Chancellor’s Exit Over Silent Sam Decision," 15 Jan. 2019 Saarinen's pedestal collection was an instant hit, and is regarded as one of the most significant furniture designs of the 20th century. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "What Exactly Is a Tulip Table?," 1 Nov. 2018 Hernon led the group of artists into the lab where Sanjay Patel, a technical manager in the Emerging Materials lab, was standing next to a pedestal covered with a piece of blue fabric. Elizabeth Stinson, WIRED, "What Artists Can Teach Us About Making Technology More Human," 10 May 2018 Welding work remains and the base and pedestal are being finished now, according to Brandon Walley of Imagination Station. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "RoboCop statue finds permanent home at Michigan Science Center," 2 May 2018 The bronze figure of an anonymous soldier was pulled down from its stone pedestal by protesters who used banners to mask their action. Fox News, "Fate of 3 more Confederate monuments in NC to be discussed," 22 Aug. 2018 If these revelations dislodged Miller from his Great Man pedestal, so be it. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: Putting Arthur Miller on Trial in ‘Fall’," 1 June 2018 The lift capacity drops to 50 tonnes (49 long / 55 short tons) at 210 feet (64m) from center, and a single rotation about its pedestal takes roughly 10 minutes. Tom Fowlks, Popular Mechanics, "The Floating Crane That Went From Tending Nazi U-Boats To Fixing the Panama Canal," 1 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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