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statue

Syllabification: stat·ue
Pronunciation: /ˈstaCHo͞o
 
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Definition of statue in English:

noun

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.
Synonyms

Origin

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

Derivatives

statued

1
adjective
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!’

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