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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.
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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Examples from the web for statues
  • The world converts its dead heroes into statues so quickly these days.
  • She looks grimmer than the mild church statues, and more powerful.
  • But those statutes explicitly say that information about the user's location can't be gathered via those statues alone.
  • Reported asked the statues in the garden their opinions of the gate.
  • It seems that great paintings and statues play a leading role in ancient conspiracies.
  • Although the statues had little artistic merit, and were not antiques, the thieves were demanding high prices.
  • As far as he was concerned, the statues and mummies went out the window.
  • Because only select areas on the statues and frieze light up, it lends further credence to the idea that the building was painted.
  • Oppressive societies don't start with people allowing statues, books or people.
  • Fixtures, spoons, and even small statues are recycled to make works of art.
British Dictionary definitions for statues


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 statues



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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