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[stach-oo-esk] /ˌstætʃ uˈɛsk/
like or suggesting a statue, as in massive or majestic dignity, grace, or beauty.
Origin of statuesque
1825-35; statue + -esque
Related forms
statuesquely, adverb
statuesqueness, noun
unstatuesque, adjective
unstatuesquely, adverb
unstatuesqueness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for statuesque
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  • The trenchant manner, the statuesque drapery, the chain-lightning effects, were much as they were afterwards seen in this country.

    Is Polite Society Polite? Julia Ward Howe
  • He stopped short in his tracks and stood immovable, statuesque, listening.

    The Sign of the Spider Bertram Mitford
  • Jim was clean built, statuesque—a Jason rather than a Hermes.

    The Preacher of Cedar Mountain Ernest Thompson Seton
  • Opaque and statuesque stood the figure of the baronet behind them.

  • Irene certainly was peerless in her half-mourning, with her statuesque figure.

    Hope Mills Amanda M. Douglas
British Dictionary definitions for statuesque


like a statue, esp in possessing great formal beauty or dignity
Derived Forms
statuesquely, adverb
statuesqueness, noun
Word Origin
C19: from statue + -esque, on the model of picturesque
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Word Origin and History for statuesque

early 1820s, from statue, patterned on picturesque.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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