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English definition of “pillar”

pillar

noun
 
 
/ˈpɪlər/
[C] a tall structure made of stone, wood, etc that supports something above it: The new bridge will be supported by 100 concrete pillars.Arches, columns and beams
a pillar of sth someone or something who is very important to a place, organization, etc: He was a pillar of the local community.Important and essential thingsInformation and messagesImportant people and describing important peopleFamous peopleWealthy people
(Definition of pillar from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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