ped·​es·​tal | \ˈpe-də-stᵊl \

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 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 The team excavated around the broken leg, leaving it on a kind of pedestal of earth. Michael E. Ruane, ajc, "‘Limb pit’ found on Civil War battlefield in Virginia tells of horror stories," 19 June 2018 The woman, who wasn’t immediately identified, made it onto the green pedestal, about 25 or 30 feet above the observation deck where tourists are allowed, and around 150 feet off the ground. Leslie Brody, WSJ, "Statue of Liberty Climber is in Custody," 4 July 2018 Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande’s extreme PDA still incites excitement, and couples like Emily Blunt and John Krasinski remain on a pedestal. Kathryn Lindsay,, "Why Be Engaged When You Can Be An Ex?," 13 July 2018 The only bathroom, for example, was within the master suite (though there was a toilet strangely located in the middle of the garage on a pedestal). Dawn Margolis Denberg,, "1895 home is all Victorian eye candy outside and modern efficiency inside," 29 June 2018 Four bronze female statues at the pedestal represent history, patriotism, victory and prosperity. Peter Marteka,, "A New Haven Rock With A View And A Memorial," 11 Feb. 2018 After completing the original Martí statue, Hyatt donated it to the city of New York in 1959, and the government of Fulgencio Batista sent a check to cover the cost of the pedestal. Mimi Whitefield, miamiherald, "A new José Martí statue will debut in Havana. It was made – and paid for – in the U.S.," 26 Jan. 2018 To meet Alcaraz is to watch the statue step down from its pedestal and tell you a story, which, Alcaraz says, began with a stranger standing in front of Siete Leguas distillery, a short drive from Hacienda Patrón. Mark Seal, WSJ, "The Tequila Gold Rush," 19 June 2018

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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


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


see pedestal entry 1

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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 \

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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