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statuary

[stach-oo-er-ee]
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noun, plural stat·u·ar·ies.
  1. statues collectively.
  2. a group or collection of statues.
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adjective
  1. of, relating to, or suitable for statues.
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Origin of statuary

From the Latin word statuārius, dating back to 1535–45. See statue, -ary
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Examples from the Web for statuary

Historical Examples

  • Hence, our architecture and statuary is massive and of immense proportions.

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child

  • It was marvellous; the only piece of statuary worth looking at in the Salon.

    His Masterpiece

    Emile Zola

  • A statuary was directed to inscribe on a monument the age of the deceased, namely 81.

  • There is perhaps no finer piece of statuary in the East than this.

  • Are there any interesting buildings or statuary in the park?

    Where We Live

    Emilie Van Beil Jacobs


British Dictionary definitions for statuary

statuary

noun
  1. statues collectively
  2. the art of making statues
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adjective
  1. of, relating to, or suitable for statues
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Word Origin

C16: from Latin statuārius
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Word Origin and History for statuary

n.

1580s, "statue sculptor," from Latin statuarius, from statua (see statue). Meaning "statues collectively" is from 1670s.

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