pillar

[ pil-er ]
/ ˈpɪl ər /

noun

verb (used with object)

to provide or support with pillars.

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Idioms for pillar

    from pillar to post,
    1. aimlessly from place to place.
    2. uneasily from one bad situation or predicament to another.

Origin of pillar

1175–1225; Middle English pillare < Medieval Latin pīlāre (see pile1, -ar2); replacing earlier piler < Old French < Medieval Latin, as above

synonym study for pillar

1. See column.

OTHER WORDS FROM pillar

pil·lared, adjectivepil·lar·like, adjectiveun·pil·lared, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH pillar

pillar pillory pillow
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British Dictionary definitions for from pillar to post

pillar
/ (ˈpɪlə) /

noun

an upright structure of stone, brick, metal, etc, that supports a superstructure or is used for ornamentation
something resembling this in shape or functiona pillar of stones; a pillar of smoke
a tall, slender, usually sheer rock column, forming a separate top
a prominent supportera pillar of the Church
from pillar to post from one place to another

verb

(tr) to support with or as if with pillars

Word Origin for pillar

C13: from Old French pilier, from Latin pīla; see pile 1
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Medical definitions for from pillar to post

pillar
[ pĭlər ]

n.

A structure or part that provides support and resembles a column or pillar.
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Cultural definitions for from pillar to post

from pillar to post

From one place or thing to another in rapid succession: “Abernathy couldn't stick to one project and was always dashing from pillar to post.”

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Idioms and Phrases with from pillar to post

from pillar to post

From one thing or place to another, hither and thither. For example, After Kevin joined the Air Force, the family kept moving from pillar to post. This expression began life in the early 1400s as from post to pillar, an order no longer used, and is thought to allude to the banging about of a ball in the game of court tennis.

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