Meaning of PILLAR in English
/ ˈpɪlə(r); NAmE / noun
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
a large round stone, metal or wooden post that is built to remind people of a famous person or event
pillar of sth a mass of sth that is shaped like a pillar :
a pillar of smoke / rock
pillar of sth a strong supporter of sth; an important member of sth :
a pillar of the Church
a pillar of society
pillar of sth a person who has a lot of a particular quality :
She is a pillar of strength in a crisis.
a basic part or feature of a system, organization, belief, etc. :
the central pillar of this theory
- be driven, pushed, etc. from pillar to post
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. 2005