set on a pedestal

set on a pedestal


  1. an architectural support for a column, statue, vase, or the like.
  2. a supporting structure or piece; base.
  3. Furniture.
    1. a support for a desk, consisting of a boxlike frame containing drawers one above the other.
    2. a columnar support for a tabletop.
  4. Building Trades. a bulge cast at the bottom of a concrete pile.

verb (used with object), ped·es·taled, ped·es·tal·ing or (especially British) ped·es·talled, ped·es·tal·ling.

  1. to put on or supply with a pedestal.


  1. set/put on a pedestal, to glorify; idealize: When we first became engaged each of us set the other on a pedestal.


  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, or set on a pedestal)
    1. either of a pair of sets of drawers used as supports for a writing surface
    2. (as modifier)a pedestal desk

n.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. see on a pedestal.

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