Definition of pedestal noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈpedɪstl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpedɪstl//
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  • the base that a column, statue, etc. rests on a pedestal basin (= a washbasin supported by a column) I replaced the vase carefully on its pedestal The statue stands on a low marble pedestal.
  • Word Originmid 16th cent.: from French piédestal, from Italian piedestallo, from piè ‘foot’ (from Latin pes, ped-, which later influenced the spelling) + di ‘of’ + stallo ‘stall’.Idioms
    knock somebody off their pedestal/perch
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    to make somebody lose their position as somebody/something successful or admired A lot of teams are looking to knock us off our perch.
    to put/place somebody on a pedestal
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    to admire somebody so much that you do not see their faults
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: pedestal