an architectural support for a column, statue, vase, or the like. See diag. under column.
a supporting structure or piece; base.
a support for a desk, consisting of a boxlike frame containing drawers one above the other.
a columnar support for a tabletop.
Building Trades. a bulge cast at the bottom of a concrete pile.
verb (used with object), pedestaled, pedestaling or (especially British) pedestalled, pedestalling.
to put on or supply with a pedestal.
set/put on a pedestal, to glorify; idealize: When we first became engaged each of us set the other on a pedestal.

1555–65; alteration of Middle French piedestal < Italian piedestallo, variant of piedistallo literally, foot of stall. See ped-2, de, stall1

unpedestal, verb (used with object), unpedestaled, unpedestaling or (especially British) unpedestalled, unpedestalling. Unabridged
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pedestal (ˈpɛdɪstəl)
1.  a base that supports a column, statue, etc, as used in classical architecture
2.  a position of eminence or supposed superiority (esp in the phrases place, put,orset on a pedestal)
3.  a.  either of a pair of sets of drawers used as supports for a writing surface
 b.  (as modifier): a pedestal desk
[C16: from French piédestal, from Old Italian piedestallo, from pie foot + di of + stallo a stall]

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Word Origin & History

1563, "base supporting a column, statue, etc.," from M.Fr. piédestal (1547), from It. piedistallo "base of a pillar," from pie "foot" + di "of" + stallo "stall, place, seat." Spelling in Eng. influenced by L. pedem "foot." Fig. sense of put (someone) on a pedestal "regard as highly admirable"
is attested from 1859.
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Idioms & Phrases


see on a pedestal.

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Example sentences
If he thinks he can still lecture us from his pedestal of wisdom, he's wasting
  our time.
It rests on a display pedestal in the entry to the new facility.
But tourists will not be allowed nearer than the monument's pedestal.
Those who cannot understand his methodology or his teaching have put him on a
  pedestal and worship him.
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