Pillar meaning

pĭl'ər
A person who is a main support of an institution, movement, etc.
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To pillar is defined as to support with a column.

An example of to pillar is to hold up a doorway with a column.

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To support or decorate with pillars or a pillar.
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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.

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One who occupies a central or responsible position.

A pillar of the state.

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A long, slender, vertical structure used to support a superstructure; column.
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Such a column standing alone as a monument.
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Anything like a pillar in form or function, as a formation of ore left standing as a support in a mine.
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To support or brace with or as with pillars.
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A large post, often used as supporting architecture.
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Something resembling such a structure.

A pillar of smoke.

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An essential part of something that provides support.

He's a pillar of the community.

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(Roman Catholic) A portable ornamental column, formerly carried before a cardinal, as emblematic of his support to the church.

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The centre of the volta, ring, or manege ground, around which a horse turns.
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To provide with pillars or added strength as if from pillars.
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from pillar to post
  • From one place to another; hither and thither.
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from pillar to post
  • From one predicament, place of appeal, etc. to another, usually under harassment.
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Origin of pillar

  • Middle English from Old French pilier from Medieval Latin pīlāre from Latin pīla
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Middle English, from Old French pilier , from Medieval Latin pilare (“a pillar"), from Latin pila (“a pillar, pier, mole").
    From Wiktionary