Flowers on a pedestal.
An example of a pedestal is a pillar on which a piece of art is displayed.
- the foot or bottom support of a column or pillar
- a similar base on a lamp, statue, etc.
- a columnlike stand for displaying a piece of sculpture or other decorative article
Origin of pedestalFrench piédestal from Italian piedestallo from piè ( from Classical Latin pes), foot + di, of + stal ( from Germanic an unverified form stal, stall), a rest, place
transitive verb-·taled or -·talled, -·tal·ing or -·tal·ling
put on a pedestal
- An architectural support or base, as for a column or statue.
- A support or foundation.
- A position of high regard or adoration.
transitive verbped·es·taled, ped·es·tal·ing, ped·es·tals, or ped·es·talled ped·es·tal·ling
Origin of pedestalObsolete French from Italian piedistallo piè foot ( from Latin pēs ; see pedi- . ) di of ( from Latin dē ; see de- . ) stallo stall ( of Germanic origin ; see stel- in Indo-European roots.)
- (architecture) The base or foot of a column, statue, vase, lamp, or the like; the part on which an upright work stands.
- (figuratively) A place of reverence or honor.
- He has put his mother on a pedestal. You can't say a word against her.
- (rail transport) A casting secured to the frame of a truck of a railcar and forming a jaw for holding a journal box.
- (machining) A pillow block; a low housing.
- (bridge building) An iron socket, or support, for the foot of a brace at the end of a truss where it rests on a pier.
- (steam heating) a pedestal coil, group of connected straight pipes arranged side by side and one above another, used in a radiator.
(third-person singular simple present pedestals, present participle pedestaling, simple past and past participle pedestaled)
- To set or support on (as if on) a pedestal.
From Middle French piÃ©destal, from Italian piedistallo (pie "foot" di "of" stall "stand") "footstall".