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Topic: FURNITURE

Date: 1500-1600
Language: French
Origin: piédestal, from Old Italian piedestallo, from pie di stallo 'foot of the stall'

pedestal

noun
     
ped‧es‧tal [countable]
1AAAVS the base on which a pillar or statue stands:
a Grecian bust on a pedestal
2DHF a solid vertical post that supports something such as a table:
the pedestal of the dentist's chair
pedestal basin British English (=a bowl to wash your hands in, supported by a pedestal)
3

put/place somebody on a pedestal

to admire someone so much that you treat them or talk about them as though they are perfect:
Women are both put on a pedestal and treated like second-class citizens.
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