Definition of pedestal
1a : the support or foot of a late classic or neoclassical column — see column illustrationb : the base of an upright structure the pedestal of a statue
3 : a position of esteem … be careful not to put celebrities on too high a pedestal. — Phil Plait
Examples of pedestal in a Sentence
the pedestal of a vase
Recent Examples of pedestal from the Web
According to an exhibit in the audit report, the question of ownership arose in 2012 while the statue was removed from its pedestal for cleaning and conservation.
Pick your ticket in advance Statue Cruises—the authorized ferry operator to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island—offers three types of tickets, to the crown, for the pedestal, and to access reserve grounds only.
The statue as proposed would be bronze and stand 7.7 feet tall on a 3-foot pedestal.
The National Gallery of Art has a complete set of fourteen Antoni chocolate and soap works, displayed on white pedestals (often museums display one of each).
The Canary, so named for its yellow exterior, boasts a corner pedestal sink with silver scallop soap dish, interior and exterior lights, and a green window box beneath a small six-pane window.
Restoring it to the beautiful historic home the P.E.O. women toured included finding the claw foot tub, pedestal sink and a variety of other items in the woods behind the carriage house.
Keller already put out a call for artists for nine smaller pieces of art that will be placed on pedestals along the pedestrian walkway.
A pedestal with a plaque will be erected for the ceremony to mark the spot of the monument, which Gillette estimates will cost $500,000.
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Origin and Etymology of pedestal
Middle French piedestal, from Old Italian piedestallo, from pie di stallo foot of a stall
First Known Use: 1563See Words from the same year
Definition of pedestal
: to place on or furnish with a pedestal
PEDESTAL Defined for English Language Learners
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
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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