April 04, 2017
Learner's Word of the Day
pedestal /ˈpɛdəstl̟/ noun

plural pedestals

A statue on a stone pedestal
A statue on a stone pedestal
Learner's definition of PEDESTAL


1 : the base of a column or other tall object

  • the pedestal of a vase/lamp/statue

2 — used to describe the position of someone who is admired, successful, etc.

  • Her boyfriend put/placed her on a pedestal. [=thought of her as a perfect person with no faults]

  • He wanted a career as an actor, but he didn't want to be put on a pedestal. [=to be treated like a big star]

  • They're trying to knock the champions off their pedestal. [=to defeat the champions]

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