Definition of pedestal in US English:

pedestal

noun

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

    • ‘Then, as one looked closer, came the discovery: the sculpture pictured on the card was present on the middle pedestal.’
    • ‘People want to hang their art on a wall, or place it on a pedestal, and show it off.’
    • ‘The podium's pedestal fits directly into this base, creating both added stability and a look worthy of a professor's office.’
    • ‘Some statues were erected on pedestals in sanctuaries exclusively meant for worship by the King and the priests.’
    • ‘The statue's pedestal bears an inscription that reads ‘Love.’’
    • ‘The boys tried to follow their path but they darted behind statues and pedestals.’
    • ‘The sculptures are designed for display in an interior environment either on a floorbased pedestal or positioned on a wall as a relief mounting.’
    • ‘His sculptures are either displayed on pedestals or mounted on walls.’
    • ‘Placing the whole structure on a pedestal, thus adding five feet more, further increases the appearance of height.’
    • ‘A traditional way of presenting this would be on columns or pedestals.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘However, a pillar should never be used as a supporting pedestal for another artwork.’
    • ‘She was now in a chamber, two marble pedestals standing side-by-side in front of her.’
    • ‘Visitors won't actually be allowed inside the statue, just the pedestal which houses a museum and an observation deck.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the main gallery were four pedestals supporting small transparent boxes which harbored mysterious objects that looked like body parts.’
    • ‘None taller than 3 feet, the sculptures were installed on low pedestals and interspersed in two rows in the long gallery space.’
    • ‘He stacked the books on pedestals, making three mysterious columns on one side of the shadowy gallery, two on the other.’
    • ‘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, typically containing drawers.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘However, once inside the tables have a single pedestal so tucking a chair in should be relatively easy.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2 The supporting column or base of a washbasin or toilet bowl.
      • ‘The white suite comprises a corner bath, pedestal wash basin and toilet.’
      • ‘This includes wall and floor tiles, closet, washbasin with pedestal and associated fittings.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The family bathroom has a green suite comprising a bath, pedestal hand basin, toilet and step-in shower.’
      • ‘There is also a built-in wardrobe and a pedestal hand basin.’
      • ‘The typical sewage ejector toilet consists of a pedestal made of polyethylene, which acts as a base for mounting the toilet.’
      • ‘The en suite comprises a walk-in shower with grey wall tiles, a white pedestal washhand basin and toilet.’
      • ‘Its en suite includes a bath with pedestal washbasin.’
      • ‘Both rooms are fully tiled and fitted with pedestal wash handbasin and toilets.’
      • ‘The family bathroom, which has wooden floorboards and part-panelled walls, includes a freestanding cast-iron bath along with a pedestal wash hand basin.’
      • ‘Situated at the back of the house, this has a step-in shower, pedestal wash basin and toilet.’
      • ‘There is a heated towel rail, a tiled floor and a pedestal handbasin.’
      • ‘The white suite comprises a bath, pedestal wash basin and toilet.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In the family bathroom, a roll-top cast iron bath with wall-mounted electric shower is accompanied by a pedestal wash hand basin.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘To the front, the well-proportioned master bedroom is fitted with double wooden wardrobes, a vanity unit and a pedestal handbasin.’
      • ‘Specially designed cabinets are intended to replace the washbasin pedestal with useful storage space.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This is fitted with a built-in wardrobe with overhead presses as well as 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’
    • ‘Take what and who you adore and admire off their pedestals.’
    • ‘Anyone have an idea of how to bring myself down from 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.’
    • ‘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 never thought I was a daddy's girl, that I put my father on a pedestal, but it seems I have.’
    • ‘No one had the ability to knock him from that pedestal, least of all Todd.’
    • ‘Too often our African American heroes and heroines are placed on pedestals - far out of reach.’
    • ‘His various incarnations have accorded him iconic status, but his pedestal is not carved from stone.’
    • ‘‘Just hope I don't fall off that pedestal you've got me on,’ she muttered under her breath.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘I felt people were watching me and waiting for me to fall off that pedestal.’
    • ‘The ascension to that pedestal may never happen.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The one-time village girl from Uduwaka, a one-hour journey from Colombo, is determined to push the Lankans to the pedestal of glory.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Young boys invariably put their fathers on a pedestal holding them in some superman-type awe.’
    • ‘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 gave him all the credit for everything and so I had him on a pedestal.’
    idealize, exalt, lionize, heroize, aggrandize
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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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I believe religion distances a person from God by placing Him on a pedestal.’
      • ‘The concept of motherhood is put on a pedestal.’
      • ‘The message is simple yet pervasive: Be careful about who you put 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.’
      • ‘Thus, Carly's love for performing has not led her to place herself on a pedestal.’
      • ‘Tailoring dessert to tug at your family's heartstrings will really put you on a pedestal.’
      • ‘Drew does neither her readers nor McCain any favors by putting the man 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

/ˈpɛdəstl//ˈpedəstl/