- an exhibition of or a museum for displaying wax figures, ornaments, etc.
Origin of waxworks
1690–1700; wax1 + works
- a figure, ornament, or other object made of wax, or especially the life-size effigy of a person.
- the bittersweet, Celastrus scandens.
Origin of waxwork
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Examples from the Web for waxworks
Sylvia and Woodville had simply forgotten all about the waxworks.The Twelfth Hour
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
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.
- an object reproduced in wax, esp as an ornament
- a life-size lifelike figure, esp of a famous person, reproduced in wax
- (plural; functioning as singular or plural) a museum or exhibition of wax figures or objects
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