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pedestal

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noun ped·es·tal \ˈpe-dəs-təl\

Definition of pedestal

  1. 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>

  2. 2 :  base, foundation <Tourism is the island's economic pedestal.>

  3. 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

Origin and Etymology of pedestal

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


First Known Use: 1563

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pedestal

verb ped·es·tal

Definition of pedestal

pedestaled

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pedestalled

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pedestaling

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pedestalling

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to place on or furnish with a pedestal

Origin and Etymology of pedestal

see 1pedestal


First Known Use: 1648


PEDESTAL Defined for English Language Learners

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pedestal

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noun ped·es·tal \ˈpe-dəs-təl\

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

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noun ped·es·tal \ˈped-əs-təl\

Definition of pedestal for Students

  1. 1 :  a support or foot of an upright structure (as a column, statue, or lamp)

  2. 2 :  a position of high regard <The students put their teacher on a pedestal.>



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