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Meaning of “pillar” in the English Dictionary

"pillar" in British English

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pillarnoun [C]

uk   /ˈpɪl.ər/  us   //
a ​strongcolumn made of ​stone, ​metal, or ​wood that ​supportspart of a ​building: A ​row of ​reinforcedconcrete pillars ​supports the ​bridge.figurative a pillar ofsmoke/​flamepillar of sth a very ​importantmember or ​part of a ​group, ​organization, ​system, etc.: Mrs Maple is a pillar of the ​localchurch. Equality is one of the pillars of ​socialism.
(Definition of pillar from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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pillarnoun [C]

 us   /ˈpɪl·ər/
a ​strongverticalcolumn made of ​stone, ​metal, or ​wood that ​supportspart of a ​building or ​standsalone for ​decoration A pillar is also someone or something that is an ​importantpart of a ​group, ​place, or ​activity: He’s a pillar of the Dallas ​businesscommunity.
(Definition of pillar from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “pillar”
in Korean 기둥…
in Arabic عَمود…
in Malaysian tiang…
in French pilier…
in Russian столб, колонна…
in Chinese (Traditional) (建築物的)柱子,支柱, 墩…
in Italian colonna, pilastro…
in Turkish sütun, direk…
in Polish filar, słup…
in Spanish pilar, columna…
in Vietnamese cột trụ…
in Portuguese pilar, sustentáculo, alicerce…
in Thai เสาค้ำ…
in German der Pfeiler…
in Catalan pilar…
in Japanese 柱, 支柱…
in Chinese (Simplified) (建筑物的)柱子,支柱, 墩…
in Indonesian tiang…
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