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[skuhlp-ter] /ˈskʌlp tər/
a person who practices the art of sculpture.
genitive Sculptoris
[skuhlp-tawr-is,, -tohr-] /skʌlpˈtɔr ɪs,, -ˈtoʊr-/ (Show IPA).
(initial capital letter) Astronomy. a southern constellation between Phoenix and Cetus.
Origin of sculptor
1625-35; < Latin, equivalent to sculp(ere) to carve + -tor -tor
Can be confused
sculptor, sculpture. Unabridged
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  • A sculptor was set to work to carve a new one from the ruin.

  • A stroke of the mallet may be more effective than the sculptor had hoped; but it was intended.

    A Dish Of Orts George MacDonald
  • The sculptor sat more rigid than the figure to which his eyes were turned.

    Phantastes George MacDonald
  • The sculptor shrugged his shoulders amidst the general laughter.

    His Masterpiece Emile Zola
  • This unusual condition of his daughter was a real grief to the sculptor; but this grief was of short duration.

    The Nabob Alphonse Daudet
British Dictionary definitions for sculptor


a person who practises sculpture


noun (Latin genitive) Sculptoris (skʌlpˈtɔːrɪs)
a faint constellation in the S hemisphere between Phoenix and Cetus
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Word Origin and History for sculptor

1630s, from Latin sculptor "one who cuts or carves," agent noun from sculpt-, past participle stem of sculpere "to carve" (see sculpture). Fem. form sculptress attested from 1660s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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