Definition of pillar in English:

pillar

noun

  • 1A tall vertical structure of stone, wood, or metal, used as a support for a building, or as an ornament or monument.

    • ‘Most of the rooms were large and empty, like a monument, supported by tall, white pillars.’
    • ‘Every bungalow is supported on stone pillars, which permits us to maintain the natural terrain and vegetation.’
    • ‘In the center of the room stood a stone pillar about four feet tall.’
    • ‘The lower storey disappeared in 1889 when the building was modified and the distinctive stone pillars supporting the upper storey were added.’
    • ‘The hallway was lined with tall stone pillars and ivy.’
    • ‘Substantive stone pillars absorb that heat, radiating it out throughout the night.’
    • ‘There were a number of tall metal pillars and beams spread out to hold up the massive weight of the city above them.’
    • ‘They carve memorial pillars in wood and stone for their dead.’
    • ‘The tall pillar of stones on the summit is a well-known landmark and there are great views of the valleys and tarns below.’
    • ‘They had reached the wall surrounding the offices where the King's business in the city was conducted, and stood outside impressive iron gates with tall ornamental pillars on either side.’
    • ‘Confining roses to pillars or other vertical structures may be a better option.’
    • ‘At the other end of the cone shaped island was a two mile long causeway with tall stone pillars as markers connected to the mainland near Strandhill.’
    • ‘Well maintained buildings, gates, pillars, old stone walls and styles add to the visual appearance of the farm and help it blend into the landscape.’
    • ‘A metal fence post was found nearby and it has been used to chip chunks of stone from the other pillars and the monument itself.’
    • ‘The Cells were in groups of five and each of those groups stood vertically around a metal pillar.’
    • ‘The pillars supporting the building were of smooth white wood, the pews solid oak.’
    • ‘All pillars are essential to a firm and sturdy building.’
    • ‘The former asylum opened in 1816 is a stately quadrangular building of stone with pillars of the Doric order.’
    • ‘Ornate pillars with stone carved towers stand as monuments of glory to their builders.’
    • ‘They are modern and stylish additions to an older building that has grand pillars and a sweeping stone staircase at its entrance.’
    column, post, pole, support, upright, vertical, baluster, pier, pile, piling, pilaster, stanchion, standard, prop, buttress
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    1. 1.1 Something shaped like a pillar:
      ‘a pillar of rock’
      • ‘Two figures stood in a treacherously dangerous position at the edge of a hole from which a pillar of light emanated.’
      • ‘Mayo and I opted to climb Glass Menagerie, a pillar of solid ice that spills down in frosted swirls like icing on a cake.’
      • ‘His first miracle involves covering Manchester City's Maine Rd stadium with a pillar of light.’
      • ‘My worst moment came when I found myself fighting a losing battle against a pillar of fire which had suddenly turned back on itself and was heading in my direction.’
      • ‘Elisa, Dhaiiski, and Cassida appeared downtown area at the center of a pillar of yellow circles.’
      • ‘Suddenly, when his opponent was close to the wall he sent a pillar of rock shooting towards Michael's head.’
      • ‘When he completed his turn, he was met by a pillar of compact soil and rock that shot at him out of nowhere, sending him rolling through the dirt.’
      • ‘As she exerted more force on it, she saw a human form materialize, first as a pillar of swirling water, then into a humanoid form.’
      • ‘The memory cell includes an access transistor formed in a pillar of single crystal semiconductor material.’
      • ‘I turned my head towards aisle three to stare down Vader, but I was afraid of being turned into a pillar of salt so I averted my eyes.’
      • ‘There was a spiritual cloud that directed them during the day, and a pillar of fire that replaced it at night.’
      • ‘A siren pierces the early evening night calling attention to the bright yellow firetruck speeding toward a pillar of smoke in the distance.’
      • ‘Untidy pipes can be painted in the same colour as the wall, whereas a corner downpipe reaching the eaves could be planted with Golden Hop and become a pillar of chartreuse from April to November.’
      • ‘Out of nowhere a pillar of bright red fire forms from Collis feat.’
      • ‘Nubon slammed Seth down again, and a pillar of rock shot up as high as Nubon was tall.’
    2. 1.2 A solid mass of coal left to support the roof of a mine.
    3. 1.3 A person or thing regarded as reliably providing essential support for something:
      ‘he was a pillar of his local community’
      • ‘Dad thought himself a pinnacle of strength and a pillar of optimism to guide everyone through the dark times.’
      • ‘At first she thought he would be a hindrance, but it turned out that he had been a pillar of support.’
      • ‘I've often heard people wondering how these students, notoriously wild, turn into pillars of responsibility and reliability.’
      • ‘It's known all along that property ownership is an essential pillar of self-funded retirement.’
      • ‘She learned Arabic and became a pillar of support in local communities, often helping the needy in the face of opposition during the dictator's regime.’
      • ‘They see the static regional context as having become a pillar of support for the occupation in this unjust war.’
      • ‘The Sikh Coalition would like to thank the Hate Free Zone for helping to protect the pillars of our democracy by exercising the voice of the people.’
      • ‘There is no doubt manners and social graces are essential pillars to hold up our society.’
      • ‘Mary Nicholas, his mother, a seamstress by profession, has always been a pillar of support encouraging his musical efforts.’
      • ‘Since the '60s Lee has been a pillar of Canadian literature as an editor, essayist and poet.’
      • ‘He had always seemed to her like a pillar of quiet strength.’
      • ‘All those detained in the sweep were members of a family described as a pillar of support for the ousted regime, said the US Lieutenant Colonel.’
      • ‘They're quite willing to mess around with essential pillars of freedom without understanding what they're doing.’
      • ‘I am a small but essential pillar of society; I'm not a doctor or a soldier, I don't teach or sweep streets, but I do have a little role to play.’
      • ‘A strong modern military was considered an essential pillar supporting the nation.’
      • ‘After the move from the company, he was a pillar of support following the death of Wyclef's father two years ago, and a strong influence on the vocal aspect of his music.’
      • ‘The US considers it essential to maintain Morocco as a pillar of support in the Arab world.’
      • ‘During a routine sale of U.S. Treasury bonds in early September, one of the essential pillars holding up the economy suddenly disappeared.’
      • ‘He is the ultimate example of drug-fuelled rock 'n' roll excess, the other is a douce, dapper pillar of Scotland's literary establishment.’
      • ‘Consequently, a reliable pillar of our public safety infrastructure is gradually being undermined.’
      stalwart, mainstay, strength, tower of strength, bastion, rock
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Origin

Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French piler, based on Latin pila pillar.

Pronunciation:

pillar

/ˈpɪlə/