- a support for a desk, consisting of a boxlike frame containing drawers one above the other.
- a columnar support for a tabletop.
verb (used with object), ped·es·taled, ped·es·tal·ing or (especially British) ped·es·talled, ped·es·tal·ling.
- pedestal table,
- pedestrian crossing,
Origin of pedestal
Examples from the Web for pedestalled
Since the day before, Geoffrey had been for her a figure aureoled and pedestalled—strange transfiguration of the statesman statue!Paths of Judgement|Anne Douglas Sedgwick
Especially are they needed by the pedestalled woman in her conflict with the natural.Diana of the Crossways, Complete|George Meredith
It was Cromwell's mood, as one who, living under the eye of God, scorned the vapourings of pedestalled mortals.The Path of the King|John Buchan
The gleam of the torches flickered up gigantic colonnades, pedestalled on beautiful little groups of caryatids.The Death of the Gods|Dmitri Mrejkowski
- either of a pair of sets of drawers used as supports for a writing surface
- (as modifier)a pedestal desk
Word Origin for pedestal
1560s, "base supporting a column, statue, etc.," from Middle French piédestal (1540s), from Italian piedistallo "base of a pillar," from pie "foot" + di "of" + stallo "stall, place, seat," from a Germanic source (see stall (n.1)).
Spelling in English influenced by Latin pedem "foot." An Old English word for it was fotstan, literally "foot-stone." Figurative sense of put (someone) on a pedestal "regard as highly admirable" is attested from 1859.
see on a pedestal.