- a device consisting of a wooden board with holes for the head and hands, in which petty offenders were formerly locked and exposed to public scorn
- any exposure to public scorn, etc.
Origin of pilloryMiddle English pilory from Old French pilori from Medieval Latin pilorium from Classical Latin pila, column + -orium, -ory
transitive verb-·ried, -·ry·ing
- to punish by placing in a pillory
- to subject to harsh public criticism or ridicule