Definition of statue in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈstaCHo͞o/


A carved or cast figure of a person or animal, especially one that is life-size or larger.
Example sentences
  • The sculptor Antonio Canova used classical statues as the basis for his figures of modern men and women.
  • However, it is very brittle and difficult to rework, and therefore not generally used to cast statues.
  • The white marble from which Michelangelo carved his statues came from these mountains.



Pronunciation: /ˈstaCHo͞od/
Example sentences
  • Charlotte's sanctuary is described as ‘an ancient rotunda, pillared and statued, niched and roofed, densely overarched,’ a perfect replica of Maggie's mental image.
  • Here the image is of a literal place, a location at Fawns: ‘an ancient rotunda, pillared and statued, nicked and roofed’, surrounded by ‘alleys… densely overarched with the climbing rose’.
  • Within its statued, frescoed interior, guards call ‘No flash!’


Middle English: from Old French, from Latin statua, from stare 'to stand'.

  • stationer from Middle English:

    In the Middle Ages stationers sold not stationery, writing materials but books. The word comes from medieval Latin stationarius, referring to a tradesman who had a shop or stall at a fixed location, as opposed to one who travelled around selling their wares. The ultimate source is Latin statio ‘standing’, which is also the root of stationary with an a, ‘not moving’ and station (Middle English). In medieval England selling parchment, paper, pens, and ink was a branch of the bookseller's trade, and in due course booksellers became known as stationers. Statue (Middle English) and related words come from the same Latin root as do stature (Middle English) which originally meant ‘height when standing’, status (late 18th century) ‘legal standing’, and statute (Middle English), a law that had been set up. The verb to stay (Late Middle English) is yet another word from the root. Staid (late 16th century) is an archaic past of stay, describing a character that is fixed in its ways.

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Syllabification: stat·ue

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