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[ped-uh-stl] /ˈpɛd ə stl/

an architectural support for a column, statue, vase, or the like.
a supporting structure or piece; base.

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.
a base that supports a column, statue, etc, as used in classical architecture
a position of eminence or supposed superiority (esp in the phrases place, put, or set on a pedestal)


1560s, “base supporting a column, statue, etc.,” from Middle French piédestal (1540s), from Italian piedistallo “base of a pillar,” from pie “foot” + di “of” + stallo “stall, place, seat,” from a Germanic source (see stall (n.1)).

Spelling in English influenced by Latin pedem “foot.” An Old English word for it was fotstan, literally “foot-stone.” Figurative sense of put (someone) on a pedestal “regard as highly admirable” is attested from 1859.
see: on a pedestal


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