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[stach-oo] /ˈstætʃ u/
a three-dimensional work of art, as a representational or abstract form, carved in stone or wood, molded in a plastic material, cast in bronze, or the like.
Origin of statue
1300-50; Middle English < Middle French < Latin statua, noun derivative of statuere to set up, itself derivative of status (see status)
Related forms
statuelike, adjective
Can be confused
statue, stature, statute. Unabridged
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  • The national government's lawyers replied that the decree made no mention of the statue itself.
  • We need an advocate with the statue to personify the problem and carry it through.
  • On the drum-roll, the processors pause, and golden flares explode either side of the statue.
  • They make an odd couple, the archaeologist and the statue.
  • They had banners on the escalators, in the bathrooms and a giant statue display outside of the expo hall.
  • Remember that you don't always have to show the whole statue or object.
  • Whenever a rock containing quartz is cut or polished, perhaps for a statue or ax head, the quartz at the surface is left exposed.
  • It truly shows how beautiful the work of not only the photographer but also the artist who made the statue.
  • The first leg of our pilgrimage took us to a statue that overlooks a pond at the campus entrance.
  • That's the time to have balanced accounts, gained traction, become the proper statue to commemorate one's proper life.
British Dictionary definitions for statue


a wooden, stone, metal, plaster, or other kind of sculpture of a human or animal figure, usually life-size or larger
Word Origin
C14: via Old French from Latin statua, from statuere to set up; compare statute
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Word Origin and History for statue

c.1300, from Old French statue (12c.), from Latin statua "image, statue," prop. "that which is set up," back-formation from statuere "to cause to stand, set up," from status "a standing, position," from stare "to stand" (see stet). The children's game of statues is attested from 1906.

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