- an architectural support for a column, statue, vase, or the like.
- a supporting structure or piece; base.
- a support for a desk, consisting of a boxlike frame containing drawers one above the other.
- a columnar support for a tabletop.
- Building Trades. a bulge cast at the bottom of a concrete pile.
- to put on or supply with a pedestal.
- set/put on a pedestal, to glorify; idealize: When we first became engaged each of us set the other on a pedestal.
Origin of pedestal
Examples from the Web for pedestalled
Historical Examples of 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
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
Especially are they needed by the pedestalled woman in her conflict with the natural.Diana of the Crossways, Complete
The gleam of the torches flickered up gigantic colonnades, pedestalled on beautiful little groups of caryatids.The Death of the Gods
- a base that supports a column, statue, etc, as used in classical architecture
- a position of eminence or supposed superiority (esp in the phrases place, put, or set on a pedestal)
- 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.