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Definition of "plinth" [plinth]

  • A block or slab on which a pedestal, column, or statue is placed. (noun)
  • The base block at the intersection of the baseboard and the vertical trim around an opening. (noun)
  • A continuous course of stones supporting a wall. Also called plinth course. (noun)
  • A square base, as for a vase. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "plinth" in a sentence
  • "On the front of the plinth is the single word 'Canada'."
  • "The plinth is a reproduction of Mr. Hussein's thumbprint, and atop is a stylized reproduction, in gold, of his Arabic initials."
  • "Eventually we reach our actual destination, a field where a group of 12 women are carrying baskets filled with earth and mud from the edge of a field to a destroyed homestead where a family is using the mud to rebuild the foundation - the "plinth" - of their home."