Meaning of PILLAR in English

PILLAR

/ ˈpɪlə(r); NAmE / noun

1.

a large round stone, metal or wooden post that is used to support a bridge, the roof of a building, etc., especially when it is also decorative

2.

a large round stone, metal or wooden post that is built to remind people of a famous person or event

SYN column

3.

pillar of sth a mass of sth that is shaped like a pillar :

a pillar of smoke / rock

4.

pillar of sth a strong supporter of sth; an important member of sth :

a pillar of the Church

a pillar of society

5.

pillar of sth a person who has a lot of a particular quality :

She is a pillar of strength in a crisis.

6.

a basic part or feature of a system, organization, belief, etc. :

the central pillar of this theory

IDIOMS

- be driven, pushed, etc. from pillar to post

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WORD ORIGIN

Middle English : from Anglo-Norman French piler , based on Latin pila pillar.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.