- an architectural support for a column, statue, vase, or the like.
- a supporting structure or piece; base.
- a support for a desk, consisting of a boxlike frame containing drawers one above the other.
- a columnar support for a tabletop.
- 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.
- 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)
- either of a pair of sets of drawers used as supports for a writing surface
- (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.