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[waks-wurks] /ˈwæksˌwɜrks/
noun, plural waxworks. (usually used with a singular verb)
an exhibition of or a museum for displaying wax figures, ornaments, etc.
Origin of waxworks
1690-1700; wax1 + works


[waks-wurk] /ˈwæksˌwɜrk/
a figure, ornament, or other object made of wax, or especially the life-size effigy of a person.
the bittersweet, Celastrus scandens.
First recorded in 1690-1700; wax1 + work
Related forms
waxworker, noun Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • There was a large number of visitors, and it kept open for about two years, having had some waxworks added to its attractions.

  • Now, waxworks, with all his faults, has quite a decent sense of humour.

    The Daughters of a Genius Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  • Sylvia and Woodville had simply forgotten all about the waxworks.

    The Twelfth Hour Ada Leverson
  • There is also a curious look of waxworks about his over-washed hands.

    With Rimington L. March Phillipps
  • These waxworks used to be publicly exhibited, after which the cap was passed around for contributions.

    Milton's England Lucia Ames Mead
  • "Begorra, it's in the waxworks he ought for to be," muttered Billy Doyle, grimly surveying him from head to foot.

  • I left 'em standing side by side, looking at the skipper as if 'e was a waxworks, while I went to find a cab.

    The Unknown W.W. Jacobs
  • The sign advertising the waxworks and “Collection of Criminology” still hung at the door of the lower floor.

    The Blue Wall Richard Washburn Child
  • There are a score of similar entries, also of displays at the "Angel," of freaks and monstrosities, waxworks and the like.

    Through East Anglia in a Motor Car J. E. (James Edmund) Vincent
  • Mr. Claude Askew was very amusing, introducing us as Mrs. Jarley's waxworks.

British Dictionary definitions for waxworks


an object reproduced in wax, esp as an ornament
a life-size lifelike figure, esp of a famous person, reproduced in wax
(pl; functioning as singular or pl) a museum or exhibition of wax figures or objects
Derived Forms
waxworker, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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