pillar

noun
pil·​lar | \ ˈpi-lər \

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

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Photo: Joshua Roberts/REUTERS U.S. stock exchanges have long used their status as pillars of American capitalism to get their way in Washington. Gretchen Morgenson, WSJ, "SEC Ruling Takes Aim at Stock-Exchange Profits," 16 Oct. 2018 This was the era of civil religion, when the idea of faith as a pillar of patriotism was widely affirmed. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "David Brooks needs a name for his new religion.," 13 June 2018 Eric Seals The State File Photo The three also corresponds with Poole’s three pillars, or goals, of his foundation: education, fitness and humanitarianism. Chapel Fowler, charlotteobserver, "Former Panther Tyrone Poole says you're like a spider. That can help you hang tough.," 30 May 2018 So this is just personal for me, like, what if the pillars were accuracy, authenticity and context. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Full Q&A: Former Google lawyer and deputy U.S. CTO Nicole Wong on Recode Decode," 12 Sep. 2018 There, the Moser family, one of Austria’s most revered winemaking dynasties, dating back to 1848, has made its home in a grand estate decorated with Corinthian pillars and spacious stone balconies. Sebastian Modak, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Way to Experience Austria's Wine Country Is By Bike," 7 Sep. 2018 With towering pillars, marble floors, chandeliers and high-arching windows, the terminal’s passenger waiting room was a sight to behold. Washington Post, "AP news guide: Ford’s plans for Michigan Central station," 17 June 2018 The pillars are: academic support, squash instruction, fitness & nutrition, personal achievement and leadership. Mónica Marie Zorilla, Philly.com, "45 affordable summer camps for kids," 5 June 2018 Out back, a covered patio with pillars leads out to a pool and spa. Neal J. Leitereg, sacbee, "Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant buys Malibu beachfront property for $12.05 million | The Sacramento Bee," 6 May 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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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 \

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 \

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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