Definition of pedestal in English:

pedestal

noun

  • 1The base or support on which a statue, obelisk, or column is mounted.

    ‘a bronze bust on a marble pedestal’
    • ‘However, a pillar should never be used as a supporting pedestal for another artwork.’
    • ‘Visitors won't actually be allowed inside the statue, just the pedestal which houses a museum and an observation deck.’
    • ‘None taller than 3 feet, the sculptures were installed on low pedestals and interspersed in two rows in the long gallery space.’
    • ‘But the designs show two nude male statues on pedestals in the entrance hall below vast battle paintings and two more in the great domed central hall.’
    • ‘Some statues were erected on pedestals in sanctuaries exclusively meant for worship by the King and the priests.’
    • ‘At the center of this array stood a pedestal of white-veined marble topped with a cushion of tanned and stuffed leather upon which rested a large golden key.’
    • ‘Placing the whole structure on a pedestal, thus adding five feet more, further increases the appearance of height.’
    • ‘The podium's pedestal fits directly into this base, creating both added stability and a look worthy of a professor's office.’
    • ‘The boys tried to follow their path but they darted behind statues and pedestals.’
    • ‘The pedestals of statues are often defaced with posters pasted by political outfits and commercial bodies, particularly in a world where market forces rule the roost.’
    • ‘His sculptures are either displayed on pedestals or mounted on walls.’
    • ‘The sculptures are designed for display in an interior environment either on a floorbased pedestal or positioned on a wall as a relief mounting.’
    • ‘People want to hang their art on a wall, or place it on a pedestal, and show it off.’
    • ‘Then, as one looked closer, came the discovery: the sculpture pictured on the card was present on the middle pedestal.’
    • ‘He stacked the books on pedestals, making three mysterious columns on one side of the shadowy gallery, two on the other.’
    • ‘In the main gallery were four pedestals supporting small transparent boxes which harbored mysterious objects that looked like body parts.’
    • ‘A traditional way of presenting this would be on columns or pedestals.’
    • ‘She was now in a chamber, two marble pedestals standing side-by-side in front of her.’
    • ‘The statue's pedestal bears an inscription that reads ‘Love.’’
    • ‘Often the later figures are set on neoclassical pedestals made from a separate mold.’
    plinth, base, support, bottom, bed, foot, substructure, mounting, platform, stand, foundation, pillar, column, pier
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    1. 1.1 Each of the two supports of a kneehole desk or table.
      • ‘The table is carried back on its pedestal in harmonic motion with the saw, so the saw keeps its proper position in the table slot.’
      • ‘However, once inside the tables have a single pedestal so tucking a chair in should be relatively easy.’
      • ‘The monitor and keyboard sit on one side of the work space, and a niche in the desk's pedestal puts the printer within easy reach - but nearly out of sight.’
    2. 1.2 The supporting column or base of a washbasin or toilet pan.
      as modifier ‘a pedestal washbasin’
      • ‘The room has a tiled floor and features a white suite incorporating a panelled bath with telephone shower attachment and a pedestal wash hand basin.’
      • ‘The family bathroom, which has wooden floorboards and part-panelled walls, includes a freestanding cast-iron bath along with a pedestal wash hand basin.’
      • ‘The typical sewage ejector toilet consists of a pedestal made of polyethylene, which acts as a base for mounting the toilet.’
      • ‘Both rooms are fully tiled and fitted with pedestal wash handbasin and toilets.’
      • ‘This includes wall and floor tiles, closet, washbasin with pedestal and associated fittings.’
      • ‘To the front, the well-proportioned master bedroom is fitted with double wooden wardrobes, a vanity unit and a pedestal handbasin.’
      • ‘There is a heated towel rail, a tiled floor and a pedestal handbasin.’
      • ‘This is fitted with a built-in wardrobe with overhead presses as well as a pedestal wash hand basin.’
      • ‘The en suite comprises a walk-in shower with grey wall tiles, a white pedestal washhand basin and toilet.’
      • ‘The white suite comprises a bath, pedestal wash basin and toilet.’
      • ‘The larger bathroom has a pedestal wash hand basin and step-in shower cubicle while the smaller room features a bidet, wash hand basin and toilet.’
      • ‘I'm not into state-of-the-art hotels, with sleek chrome and black leather, wash basins on pedestals and nowhere to put your stuff.’
      • ‘Specially designed cabinets are intended to replace the washbasin pedestal with useful storage space.’
      • ‘Its en suite includes a bath with pedestal washbasin.’
      • ‘The white suite comprises a corner bath, pedestal wash basin and toilet.’
      • ‘The family bathroom has a green suite comprising a bath, pedestal hand basin, toilet and step-in shower.’
      • ‘Situated at the back of the house, this has a step-in shower, pedestal wash basin and toilet.’
      • ‘There is also a built-in wardrobe and a pedestal hand basin.’
      • ‘The master bedroom overlooks the front garden and includes a pedestal wash hand basin, while the second bedroom is located off a tiled lobby that adjoins the kitchen.’
      • ‘In the family bathroom, a roll-top cast iron bath with wall-mounted electric shower is accompanied by a pedestal wash hand basin.’
  • 2A position in which someone is greatly or uncritically admired.

    ‘It's as if I'm on a pedestal and he worships me – I hate that’
    ‘last week's leaders were knocked off their pedestal, losing their first game of the season’
    • ‘Too often our African American heroes and heroines are placed on pedestals - far out of reach.’
    • ‘Young boys invariably put their fathers on a pedestal holding them in some superman-type awe.’
    • ‘The one-time village girl from Uduwaka, a one-hour journey from Colombo, is determined to push the Lankans to the pedestal of glory.’
    • ‘His various incarnations have accorded him iconic status, but his pedestal is not carved from stone.’
    • ‘Take what and who you adore and admire off their pedestals.’
    • ‘I never thought I was a daddy's girl, that I put my father on a pedestal, but it seems I have.’
    • ‘I gave him all the credit for everything and so I had him on a pedestal.’
    • ‘The ascension to that pedestal may never happen.’
    • ‘While Moore did more than any of his contemporaries to inspire a new generation to turn to sculpture, Caro took the art form down from its pedestal and opened up the debate as to what it might or might not be.’
    • ‘I think that any writer who can attract readers should be honoured and put on a pedestal because we're rapidly becoming post-literate in the United States.’
    • ‘I felt people were watching me and waiting for me to fall off that pedestal.’
    • ‘It's an anger that also directed at the nation's sanctimonious sportswriters, who are only too quick and too happy to turn on those players whose pedestals they've invested so much time constructing.’
    • ‘No one had the ability to knock him from that pedestal, least of all Todd.’
    • ‘‘Just hope I don't fall off that pedestal you've got me on,’ she muttered under her breath.’
    • ‘The former world champion bull rider arrived in 1987 from the United States with the kind of reputation that placed him on a pedestal in a place like the Territory.’
    • ‘There is much to be learned about a culture from those persons whom it places upon pedestals, whom it admires and emulates, whom it calls heroes.’
    • ‘‘Of course, if you fail, and you have been put on that pedestal, it is a lot harder because you have further to fall,’ he said.’
    • ‘The contest is wide open since Manchester United got knocked off their pedestal by Arsenal last season.’
    • ‘Only a revolutionary like Guru Nanak could raise a woman to a high pedestal, as early as the 15th century.’
    • ‘Anyone have an idea of how to bring myself down from that pedestal?’
    idealize, exalt, lionize, heroize, aggrandize
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verb

[WITH OBJECT]often as adjective pedestalled
  • Set or support on a pedestal.

    ‘pedestalled dishes’
    • ‘Pottery includes globular vessels with cylindrical necks, pedestalled bowls, and one-handled cups, sometimes with embossed ornament.’

Phrases

  • put (or place) someone on a pedestal

    • Give someone uncritical respect or admiration; treat someone as an ideal rather than a real person.

      ‘if you idolize a girl and put her on a pedestal, she will sense it instantly’
      • ‘Drew does neither her readers nor McCain any favors by putting the man on a pedestal.’
      • ‘The greatness of Kalki, who passed away 50 years ago, lies in his putting Tamil journalism on a pedestal.’
      • ‘The older gentleman who keeps the bird store across the street has put her on a pedestal.’
      • ‘Despite already owning a share of the wins record, Brodeur is not ready to put himself on a pedestal.’
      • ‘In the environment where we were working, we were put on a pedestal.’
      • ‘The concept of motherhood is put on a pedestal.’
      • ‘Thus, Carly's love for performing has not led her to place herself on a pedestal.’
      • ‘The message is simple yet pervasive: Be careful about who you put on a pedestal.’
      • ‘I believe religion distances a person from God by placing Him on a pedestal.’
      • ‘Tailoring dessert to tug at your family's heartstrings will really put you on a pedestal.’

Origin

Mid 16th century: from French piédestal, from Italian piedestallo, from piè ‘foot’ (from Latin pes, ped-, which later influenced the spelling) + di ‘of’ + stallo ‘stall’.

Pronunciation

pedestal

/ˈpɛdɪst(ə)l/