pillar

noun
pil·​lar | \ ˈpi-lər How to pronounce pillar (audio) \

Definition of pillar

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a firm upright support for a superstructure : post
b : a usually ornamental column or shaft especially : one standing alone for a monument
2a : 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
from pillar to post
: from one place or one predicament to another

pillar

verb
pillared; pillaring; pillars

Definition of pillar (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to provide or strengthen with or as if with pillars

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Other Words from pillar

Noun

pillarless adjective

Synonyms for pillar

Synonyms: Noun

column, pier, pilaster, post, stanchion

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Examples of pillar in a Sentence

Noun

the ancient Greek temple boasted graceful marble pillars with richly ornamented tops my father has been my pillar throughout this crisis

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Back in the 80s, The Face focused in on new romanticism, a short-lived subculture that combined elements of punk and glam rock, but without the nihilism and anti-fashion pillars of Punk. Scarlett Newman, Teen Vogue, "The Youth Culture Magazine That Put Naomi Campbell and Missy Elliot on the Cover Is Relaunching," 1 Apr. 2019 Fashion has emerged in the last decade as one of the most, if not the most influential pillar of popular culture. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Colin Kaepernick’s Nike ads are just one piece of a bigger ‘reckoning’ in the fashion industry," 20 Sep. 2018 The euro, as such, is a pillar of the EADS/Airbus success story in the past 20 years. Robert Wall, WSJ, "As Airbus Turns 50, a Look Back at the Role of the Euro," 20 Jan. 2019 Addressing the opioid epidemic is a pillar of the first lady’s Be Best youth initiative. Deb Riechmann, The Seattle Times, "First lady calls opioids ‘worst drug crisis’ in US history," 28 Nov. 2018 Doria is said to enjoy a close relationship with Harry and continues to be a pillar of strength for Meghan. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Doria Ragland Visited Meghan Markle and Prince Harry This Summer," 9 Sep. 2018 Doria is said to enjoy a close relationship with Harry and continues to be a pillar of strength for Meghan. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Doria Ragland Visited Meghan Markle and Prince Harry This Summer and We All Missed It," 8 Sep. 2018 The issue has served as a flashpoint in the six-term secretary’s primary fight with Boston City Councilor Josh Zakim, who has made voting issues a central pillar of his challenge and pushed on the city level for same-day registration. Matt Stout, BostonGlobe.com, "SJC upholds 20-day voter registration deadline in Mass.," 2 July 2018 At the top of the central pillar is a seventh window that has been left uncolored. Inga Saffron, Philly.com, "What the new Salvation Army memorial tells us about Philadelphia's building boom," 12 June 2018

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All six of the new Yuletide scents start at just $2 and come in various sizes from tiny tea lights and votive lights to pillar candles and large jars. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "The 2018 Yankee Candle Christmas Scents Have Arrived and We Are So Ready," 5 Oct. 2018 The former governor of California took the oak in the marble pillared chambers of the Supreme Court. Sacbee, sacbee.com, "Warren sworn in as U.S. chief justice," 19 May 2017

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First Known Use of pillar

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1787, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pillar

Noun

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

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The first known use of pillar was in the 13th century

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pillar

noun

English Language Learners Definition of pillar

: 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

noun
pil·​lar | \ ˈpi-lər How to pronounce pillar (audio) \

Kids Definition of pillar

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

pillar

noun
pil·​lar | \ ˈpil-ər How to pronounce pillar (audio) \

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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