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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for waxworks
Historical Examples
  • Sylvia and Woodville had simply forgotten all about the waxworks.

    The Twelfth Hour

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

    The Daughters of a Genius Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  • In the autumn of last year I was taken to see some waxworks.

    The Legacy of Cain Wilkie Collins
  • There is also a curious look of waxworks about his over-washed hands.

    With Rimington L. March Phillipps
  • "Begorra, it's in the waxworks he ought for to be," muttered Billy Doyle, grimly surveying him from head to foot.

  • There was a large number of visitors, and it kept open for about two years, having had some waxworks added to its attractions.

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

    The Blue Wall

    Richard Washburn Child
  • Mr. Claude Askew was very amusing, introducing us as Mrs. Jarley's waxworks.

  • So Cooper Union provided a museum of waxworks and many strange, natural-history specimens.

  • 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
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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