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statuary

[stach-oo-er-ee] /ˈstætʃ uˌɛr i/
noun, plural statuaries.
1.
statues collectively.
2.
a group or collection of statues.
adjective
3.
of, relating to, or suitable for statues.
Origin of statuary
1535-1545
From the Latin word statuārius, dating back to 1535-45. See statue, -ary
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  • 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
  • Then he discussed with his friend, Mr. Cheere, as to adding works of statuary.

    Art in England

    Dutton Cook
  • Evidently, this was the statuary described by the whiskered youth.

    Lords of the North A. C. Laut
  • "And decorate a bit of statuary," shouted the lad with a laugh.

    Lords of the North A. C. Laut
  • Her complexion was marble-white, like that of the finest piece of statuary.

    St. Ronan's Well Sir Walter Scott
  • He has also presented a beautiful piece of statuary to the State of California.

    Hidden Treasures

    Harry A. Lewis
British Dictionary definitions for statuary

statuary

/ˈstætjʊərɪ/
noun
1.
statues collectively
2.
the art of making statues
adjective
3.
of, relating to, or suitable for statues
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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