Pillars support the Parthenon in Greece.
- 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").