[ plinth ]
See synonyms for plinth on
  1. a slablike member beneath the base of a column or pier.

  2. a square base or a lower block, as of a pedestal.

  1. Also called plinth course . a projecting course of stones at the base of a wall; earth table.

  2. (in joinery) a flat member at the bottom of an architrave, dado, baseboard, or the like.

Origin of plinth

1555–65; earlier plinthus<Latin <Greek plínthos plinth, squared stone, brick, tile

Other words from plinth

  • plinthless, adjective
  • plinthlike, adjective

Words Nearby plinth Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use plinth in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for plinth


/ (plɪnθ) /

  1. Also called: socle the rectangular slab or block that forms the lowest part of the base of a column, statue, pedestal, or pier

  2. Also called: plinth course the lowest part of the wall of a building that appears above ground level, esp one that is formed of a course of stone or brick

  1. a flat block on either side of a doorframe, where the architrave meets the skirting

  2. a flat base on which a structure or piece of equipment is placed

Origin of plinth

C17: from Latin plinthus, from Greek plinthos brick, shaped stone

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012