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Meaning & Definition of Pillar in English

English

Pillar

/pɪlər/

noun

1. A fundamental principle or practice

  • "Science eroded the pillars of superstition"
    synonym:
  • pillar

2. Anything that approximates the shape of a column or tower

  • "The test tube held a column of white powder"
  • "A tower of dust rose above the horizon"
  • "A thin pillar of smoke betrayed their campsite"
    synonym:
  • column
  • ,
  • tower
  • ,
  • pillar

3. A prominent supporter

  • "He is a pillar of the community"
    synonym:
  • pillar
  • ,
  • mainstay

4. A vertical cylindrical structure standing alone and not supporting anything (such as a monument)

    synonym:
  • column
  • ,
  • pillar

5. (architecture) a tall vertical cylindrical structure standing upright and used to support a structure

    synonym:
  • column
  • ,
  • pillar