- The definition of a pillar is a support column, or a person in an important position.
- An example of a pillar is a column holding up a statue.
- An example of a pillar is a mayor in city government.
- To pillar is defined as to support with a column.
An example of to pillar is to hold up a doorway with a column.
- a long, slender, vertical structure used to support a superstructure; column
- such a column standing alone as a monument
- anything like a pillar in form or function, as a formation of ore left standing as a support in a mine
- a person who is a main support of an institution, movement, etc.
Origin of pillarMiddle English piler ; from Old French ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form pilare ; from Classical Latin pila, column
from pillar to post
- a. A slender, freestanding, vertical support; a column.b. Such a structure or one similar to it used for decoration.
- One who occupies a central or responsible position: a pillar of the state.
transitive verbpil·lared, pil·lar·ing, pil·lars
Origin of pillarMiddle English, from Old French pilier, from Medieval Latin pīlāre, from Latin pīla.
- A large post, often used as supporting architecture.
- Something resembling such a structure.
- a pillar of smoke
- An essential part of something that provides support.
- He's a pillar of the community.
- (Roman Catholic) A portable ornamental column, formerly carried before a cardinal, as emblematic of his support to the church.
- The centre of the volta, ring, or manege ground, around which a horse turns.
(third-person singular simple present pillars, present participle pillaring, simple past and past participle pillared)
- To provide with pillars or added strength as if from pillars.
From Middle English, from Old French pilier , from Medieval Latin pilare (“a pillar"), from Latin pila (“a pillar, pier, mole").