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.

1300–50; Middle English < Middle French < Latin statua, noun derivative of statuere to set up, itself derivative of status (see status)

statuelike, adjective

statue, stature, statute. Unabridged
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statue (ˈstætjuː)
a wooden, stone, metal, plaster, or other kind of sculpture of a human or animal figure, usually life-size or larger
[C14: via Old French from Latin statua, from statuere to set up; compare statute]

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, from O.Fr. statue (12c.), from L. 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). Statuary is from 1563. Statuesque is from early 1820s,
patterned on picturesque. Dim. statuette, with Fr. ending, is first recorded 1843. The children's game of statues is attested from 1906.
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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
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.
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