Definition of pillarist in English:
(In the past) an ascetic who lived on top of a pillar.
- Here dwelt the Pillarists as in the Monastery of St. Simeon Stylites.
- The starting points were all the mad men in the sun, those desert fathers and pillarists, the strange, demented visionaries who were laughed at.
- One might have supposed that the column and colossus of St. Carlo Borromeo had been suggested by these Pillarists.