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pillar

noun pil·lar \ ˈpi-lər \
Updated on: 8 Dec 2017

Definition of pillar

1 a : a firm upright support for a superstructure : post
b : a usually ornamental column or shaft; especially : one standing alone for a monument
2 a : a supporting, integral, or upstanding member or part
  • a pillar of society
b : a fundamental precept
  • the five pillars of Islam
3 : a solid mass of coal, rock, or ore left standing to support a mine roof
4 : a body part that resembles a column

pillarless

adjective
from pillar to post
: from one place or one predicament to another

Examples of pillar in a Sentence

  1. the ancient Greek temple boasted graceful marble pillars with richly ornamented tops

  2. my father has been my pillar throughout this crisis

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Origin and Etymology of pillar

Middle English piler, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin pilare, from Latin pila

pillar Synonyms

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pillar

verb

Definition of pillar

transitive verb
: to provide or strengthen with or as if with pillars

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First Known Use of pillar

1787

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PILLAR Defined for English Language Learners

pillar

noun

Definition of pillar for English Language Learners

  • : a large post that helps to hold up something (such as a roof)

  • : someone who is an important member of a group

  • : a basic fact, idea, or principle of something


PILLAR Defined for Kids

pillar

noun pil·lar \ ˈpi-lər \

Definition of pillar for Students

1 : a large post that supports something (as a roof)
2 : a single column built as a monument
3 : a supporting or important member or part
  • He was a pillar of society.
4 : something that resembles a column in shape
  • pillars of smoke

Medical Dictionary

pillar

noun pil·lar \ ˈpil-ər \

medical Definition of pillar

: a body part likened to a pillar or column (as the margin of the external inguinal ring); specifically : pillar of the fauces


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