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Definition of "pillar" []

  • A slender, freestanding, vertical support; a column. (noun)
  • Such a structure or one similar to it used for decoration. (noun)
  • One who occupies a central or responsible position: a pillar of the state. (noun)
  • To support or decorate with pillars or a pillar. (verb-transitive)
  • From pillar to post From one place to another; hither and thither. (idiom)

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 "pillar" in a sentence
  • "The Irish authorities has identified that only two main lenders—which it calls "pillar banks"—will emerge from Ireland's banking wreckage."
  • "Moreover, he charged a great angel to guard me, and this pillar is my prison until Judgment-day."
  • "Now Absalom in his lifetime had taken and reared up for himself a pillar, which is in the king's dale: for he said, I have no son to keep my name in remembrance: and he called the pillar after his own name: and it is called unto this day, Absalom's place."