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[stach-oo-er-ee] /ˈstætʃ uˌɛr i/
noun, plural statuaries.
statues collectively.
a group or collection of statues.
of, relating to, or suitable for statues.
Origin of statuary
From the Latin word statuārius, dating back to 1535-45. See statue, -ary Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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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


statues collectively
the art of making statues
of, relating to, or suitable for statues
Word Origin
C16: from Latin statuārius
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for statuary

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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