What does pillar mean?

Definitions for pillar
ˈpɪl ərpil·lar

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word pillar.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. pillarnoun

    a fundamental principle or practice

    "science eroded the pillars of superstition"

  2. column, tower, pillarnoun

    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, mainstaynoun

    a prominent supporter

    "he is a pillar of the community"

  4. column, pillarnoun

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

  5. column, pillarnoun

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


  1. pillarnoun

    A large post, often used as supporting architecture.

  2. pillarnoun

    Something resembling such a structure.

    a pillar of smoke

  3. pillarnoun

    An essential part of something that provides support.

    He's a pillar of the community.

  4. pillarverb

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. PILLARnoun

    Etymology: pilier, Fr. pilar, Spanish; pilastro, Italian; piler, Welsh and Armorick.

    Pillars or columns, I could distinguish into simple and compounded. Henry Wotton, Architecture.

    The palace built by Picus vast and proud,
    Supported by a hundred pillars stood. Dryden.

    Give them leave to fly, that will not stay;
    And call them pillars that will stand to us. William Shakespeare.

    Note, and you shall see in him
    The triple pillar of the world transform’d
    Into a strumpet’s stool. William Shakespeare, Ant. and Cleopatra.

    I charge you by the law,
    Whereof you are a well deserving pillar,
    Proceed to judgment. William Shakespeare, Merch. of Venice.


  1. pillar

    A pillar is a tall vertical structure of stone, wood, or metal, used as a support for a building, or as an ornament or monument. It can also refer to a person or principle that is a crucial support or integral part of a system or organization.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pillarnoun

    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. Pillarnoun

    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. Pillarnoun

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

  4. Pillarnoun

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

  5. Pillaradjective

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

  6. Etymology: [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.]

Editors Contribution

  1. pillar

    A type of structure.

    The pillar of the carpark was sturdy.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 10, 2020  

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Pillar is ranked #16481 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Pillar surname appeared 1,743 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Pillar.

    61.6% or 1,075 total occurrences were White.
    23.8% or 415 total occurrences were Asian.
    8.8% or 154 total occurrences were Black.
    3.3% or 59 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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  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

Examples of pillar in a Sentence

  1. Jeffrey Vlaming:

    CHRIS The bane and blessing of human nature. That old cat killer, curiosity. Something so deeply embedded in our psyches that it screams to us from ancient myths of Pandora. Eve. Lot's wife. JOEL Eve lost paradise, Lot's wife was turned into a pillar of salt. Knowledge doesn't come cheap my friend. CHRIS Good or bad, curiosity is woven into our DNA like tonsils or like the opposable thumb. It's the fire under the ass of the human experience

  2. Bilingual Hirai:

    The entertainment segment has maintained profitability for 18 years straight, and as a generator of stable profit, it is a major pillar of the Sony Group.

  3. Meryl Streep:

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

  4. Millan Mulraine:

    That would be seen as encouraging given everything that is going on in the rest of the world and would reinforce the notion that consumer spending will remain a key pillar of support for the U.S. economy.

  5. Mesirow Financial:

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

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  • Pillar
    Pillar has been always an object of power in terms of what it stands for from time immemorial.
    When it is referred to building it is the column where the whole structure hinges it's mainstay or rather the connecting link that holds together the mainframe of the entire structure to the foundation.
    When it is referred to the character of personal development it is referred to the point of one thing that all manners of attitude can be attributed to as supreme in the capacity of excellent behavior of someone who stand the tempest of life at all times.
    In both cases of the two incidents referred to hereafter the fact that they have is that pillar corresponds to the strength of will power as in human development as well as to the strength of resistance against pressure to the building.
    For the will power to stand as a form of pillar in the character building the material required should not be haphazardly applied hence the power to decide can only come from the original source from where the mind is all transcendental without ailments.
    Man will therefore do better when he gets back to that source of depending on divine power of God head bodily in the decision making process.
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