Definition of caryatid in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌkarɪˈatɪd/

noun (plural caryatides /ˌkarɪˈatɪdiːz/ or caryatids)

Image of caryatid
A stone carving of a draped female figure, used as a pillar to support the entablature of a Greek or Greek-style building.
Example sentences
  • We have much of the frieze of the treasury of the Siphnians of c. 525, as well as one of the caryatid figures supporting the porch; other buildings so decorated are extremely scrappily preserved.
  • She entered the familiar vestibule, with its scarred stone caryatids and crumbling pillars, and walked down the short flight of iron-railed steps to the main chamber of Father's rooms.
  • Modigliani's early, remarkable images of caryatids (female figures that serve as columns) are sometimes as strong as his later portraits.


Mid 16th century: via French and Italian from Latin caryatides, from Greek karuatides, plural of karuatis 'priestess of Artemis at Caryae', from Karuai (Caryae) in Laconia.

Words that rhyme with caryatid

cravatted, dratted, fatted, matted

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