[pil-uh-ree] /ˈpɪl ə ri/
noun, plural pillories.
a wooden framework erected on a post, with holes for securing the head and hands, formerly used to expose an offender to public derision.
verb (used with object), pilloried, pillorying.
to set in the pillory.
to expose to public derision, ridicule, or abuse:
The candidate mercilessly pilloried his opponent.
noun (pl) -ries
a wooden framework into which offenders were formerly locked by the neck and wrists and exposed to public abuse and ridicule
exposure to public scorn or abuse
verb (transitive) -ries, -rying, -ried
to expose to public scorn or ridicule
to punish by putting in a pillory
late 13c. (attested in Anglo-Latin from late 12c.), from Old French pilori “pillory” (mid-12c.), related to Medieval Latin pilloria, of uncertain origin, perhaps a diminutive of Latin pila “pillar, stone barrier” (see pillar), but OED finds this proposed derivation “phonologically unsuitable.”
c.1600, from pillory (n.). Figurative sense of “expose publicly to ridicule or abuse” is from 1690s. Related: Pilloried.
[pil-oh] /ˈpɪl oʊ/ noun 1. a bag or case made of cloth that is filled with feathers, down, or other soft material, and is used to cushion the head during sleep or rest. 2. anything used to cushion the head; headrest: a pillow of moss. 3. Also called lace pillow. a hard cushion or pad […]
noun, Machinery. 1. a cast-iron or steel block for supporting a journal or bearing. noun 1. (machinery) a block that supports a journal bearing Also called plummer block
[pil-oh-keys] /ˈpɪl oʊˌkeɪs/ noun 1. a removable sacklike covering, usually of cotton, drawn over a . /ˈpɪləʊˌkeɪs/ noun 1. a removable washable cover of cotton, linen, nylon, etc, for a pillow
- Pillow fight
noun 1. a mock fight in which participants thump each other with pillows