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statue

[stach-oo] /ˈstætʃ u/
noun
1.
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
1300-1350
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.
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  • In the garden of Anaxagoras, you will find a statue of Pallas, carved from an olive-tree.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • "Men say it is not so grand as the statue of Zeus, that we have at Olympia," replied the boy.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • From this marble Phidias sculptured a statue of Vengeance, which was called Rhamnusia.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • We do not know which genius first discovered the use of pottery but he deserves a statue.

    Ancient Man Hendrik Willem van Loon
  • By the statue of Horace Greeley I stood a moment irresolute.

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
British Dictionary definitions for statue

statue

/ˈstætjuː/
noun
1.
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
n.

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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