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



    BrE BrE//ˈpɪlə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɪlər//
    Structures, How a building looks
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  1. 1a large round stone, metal or wooden post that is used to support a bridge, the roof of a building, etc., especially when it is also decorative Two white marble pillars stood on either side of the entrance. See related entries: Structures, How a building looks
  2. 2a large round stone, metal or wooden post that is built to remind people of a famous person or event synonym column
  3. 3pillar of something a mass of something that is shaped like a pillar a pillar of smoke/rock
  4. 4pillar of something a strong supporter of something; an important member of something a pillar of the Church a pillar of society
  5. 5pillar of something a person who has a lot of a particular quality She is a pillar of strength in a crisis.
  6. 6a basic part or feature of a system, organization, belief, etc. the central pillar of this theory Education and investment are the twin pillars on which a successful economy is built.
  7. Word OriginMiddle English: from Anglo-Norman French piler, based on Latin pila ‘pillar’.Extra examples The roof is supported by eight massive stone pillars. a pillar of rock/​smoke He was hiding behind a pillar near the back of the church. My view of the stage was blocked by a pillar.Idioms
    be driven, pushed, etc. from pillar to post
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    to be forced to go from one person or situation to another without achieving anything Morale is very low. People have just had enough of being thrown from pillar to post.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: pillar