Definitions for pillarˈpɪl ər

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pillar(noun)

    a fundamental principle or practice

    "science eroded the pillars of superstition"

  2. column, tower, pillar(noun)

    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"

  3. pillar, mainstay(noun)

    a prominent supporter

    "he is a pillar of the community"

  4. column, pillar(noun)

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

  5. column, pillar(noun)

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


  1. pillar(Noun)

    A large post, often used as supporting architecture.

  2. pillar(Noun)

    Something resembling such a structure.

    a pillar of smoke

  3. pillar(Noun)

    An essential part of something that provides support.

    He's a pillar of the community.

  4. pillar(Verb)

    To provide with pillars or added strength as if from pillars.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pillar(noun)

    the general and popular term for a firm, upright, insulated support for a superstructure; a pier, column, or post; also, a column or shaft not supporting a superstructure, as one erected for a monument or an ornament

  2. Pillar(noun)

    figuratively, that which resembles such a pillar in appearance, character, or office; a supporter or mainstay; as, the Pillars of Hercules; a pillar of the state

  3. Pillar(noun)

    a portable ornamental column, formerly carried before a cardinal, as emblematic of his support to the church

  4. Pillar(noun)

    the center of the volta, ring, or manege ground, around which a horse turns

  5. Pillar(adj)

    having a support in the form of a pillar, instead of legs; as, a pillar drill

  6. Origin: [OE. pilerF. pilier, LL. pilare, pilarium, pilarius, fr. L. pila a pillar. See Pile a heap.]


  1. Pillar

    Pillar is a Christian rock band currently located in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Their sixth studio album, Confessions, was released in 2009. On October 27, 2012 Pillar announced that the four members from the "peak years" would be reuniting with plans of releasing a new album in 2013.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pillar

    pil′ar, n. (archit.) a detached support, differing from a column in that it is not necessarily cylindrical, or of classical proportions: one who, or anything that, sustains: something resembling a pillar in appearance.—adj. Pill′ared, supported by a pillar: having the form of a pillar.—ns. Pill′ar-box, a short pillar in a street with receptacle for letters to be sent by post; Pill′arist, Pill′ar-saint, a person in the early church who crucified the flesh by living on the summit of pillars in the open air, a stylite.—From pillar to post, from one state of difficulty to another: hither and thither. [O. Fr. piler (Fr. pilier)—Low L. pilare—L. pīla, a pillar.]

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'pillar' in Nouns Frequency: #2990


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pillar in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pillar in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Meryl Streep:

    I have always regarded myself as the pillar of my life.

  2. Pliny:

    Hope is the pillar that holds up the world. Hope is the dream of a waking man.

  3. Mesirow Financial:

    Eric was not only a pillar in our industry, he was a great partner and friend to many.

  4. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn:

    In our country the lie has become not just a moral category but a pillar of the State.

  5. Josep Lluis Cusido:

    I managed to hide behind a pillar, there were unlucky people who they killed right there.

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