follow Dictionary.com

Get the details behind our redesign

plinth

[plinth] /plɪnθ/
noun, Architecture
1.
a slablike member beneath the base of a column or pier.
2.
a square base or a lower block, as of a pedestal.
3.
Also called plinth course. a projecting course of stones at the base of a wall; earth table.
4.
(in joinery) a flat member at the bottom of an architrave, dado, baseboard, or the like.
Origin
1555-1565
1555-65; earlier plinthus < Latin < Greek plínthos plinth, squared stone, brick, tile
Related forms
plinthless, adjective
plinthlike, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for plinths

plinth

/plɪnθ/
noun
1.
Also called socle. the rectangular slab or block that forms the lowest part of the base of a column, statue, pedestal, or pier
2.
Also called plinth course. the lowest part of the wall of a building that appears above ground level, esp one that is formed of a course of stone or brick
3.
a flat block on either side of a doorframe, where the architrave meets the skirting
4.
a flat base on which a structure or piece of equipment is placed
Word Origin
C17: from Latin plinthus, from Greek plinthos brick, shaped stone
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for plinths
plinth
1611, from Fr. plinthe, from L. plinthus, from Gk. plinthos "brick, squared stone," cognate with O.E. flint (see flint).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of The Day

Difficulty index for plinth

Many English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for plinths

12
14
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with plinths