An example of to pillar is to hold up a doorway with a column.
An example of a pillar is a column holding up a statue.
An example of a pillar is a mayor in city government.
A pillar of the state.
A pillar of smoke.
He's a pillar of the community.
- From one place to another; hither and thither.
- From one predicament, place of appeal, etc. to another, usually under harassment.
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").