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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.
Origin of statue
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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  • Then she turned on her heel all of one piece, like a statue on a pivot, and went homewards.

    Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
  • His family set up his statue in a public square in New York.

    The Root of Evil Thomas Dixon
  • Pray you, do not think me Unworthy of your ear: it was your beauty That turn'd me statue.

  • There was placed on exhibition a famous Greek marble, a statue of Aphrodite.

  • Mrs. Lear stood by the gate for all the world like a statue of bronze.

    Hoofbeats on the Turnpike Mildred A. Wirt
British Dictionary definitions for statue


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 statue

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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