Share this entry

Share this page

statuesque

Syllabification: stat·u·esque
Pronunciation: /ˌstaCHəˈwesk
 
/

Definition of statuesque in English:

adjective

(Especially of a woman) attractively tall and dignified: her statuesque beauty
More example sentences
  • My grandmother, who had been widowed many years before, was a tall, statuesque woman with a kind and gentle face and manner.
  • She was a tall, statuesque woman with sleek black hair worn on top of her head, flashing black eyes, a smooth tan complexion and she wore a flashing red silk early 19th century gown.
  • Similar in height to his friend, the two paled in comparison to height of their third companion, a tall statuesque woman with whom black was a predominant color.
Synonyms

Origin

late 18th century: from statue, on the pattern of picturesque.

Derivatives

statuesquely

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • Wodehouse's girls are of three sorts: first, the statuesquely beautiful and domineering, bent on improving the young man to whom they are engaged; second, the soulful and poetic.
  • The exhibition is broadly divided into sections - some deal with more iconic figures posed almost statuesquely as they engage in their pedestrian habits in India, be it washing at the Ganges or saying grace before eating food.
  • Anne Barry, placed statuesquely on a moving platform, became a living geological formation as video footage of oceans and flowing lava were projected onto her enormous dress.

statuesqueness

2
noun
Example sentences
  • Thurman's statuesqueness has been an eye-drawing asset in previous performances, but it was a serious impediment to learning how to beat the life out of people.
  • Rubens is perhaps best known for paintings of women whom he depicts with a degree of statuesqueness that seems in the same general league as that of Renoir.

Definition of statuesque in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day jaunt
Pronunciation: jônt
noun
a short excursion or journey for pleasure