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pillar

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noun pil·lar \ˈpi-lər\

Definition of pillar

  1. 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. 2 a :  a supporting, integral, or upstanding member or part <a pillar of society> b :  a fundamental precept <the five pillars of Islam>

  3. 3 :  a solid mass of coal, rock, or ore left standing to support a mine roof

  4. 4 :  a body part that resembles a column

pillarless

adjective

from pillar to post

  1. :  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>

Origin and Etymology of pillar

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


First Known Use: 13th century

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pillar

verb pil·lar

Definition of pillar

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to provide or strengthen with or as if with pillars

1787

First Known Use of pillar

1787

Other Architecture Terms



PILLAR Defined for English Language Learners

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pillar

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noun pil·lar \ˈpi-lər\

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

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noun pil·lar \ˈpi-lər\

Definition of pillar for Students

  1. 1 :  a large post that supports something (as a roof)

  2. 2 :  a single column built as a monument

  3. 3 :  a supporting or important member or part <He was a pillar of society.>

  4. 4 :  something that resembles a column in shape <pillars of smoke>


Medical Dictionary

pillar

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noun pil·lar \ˈpil-ər\

Medical Definition of pillar

  1. :  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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