- a sculptured female figure used as a column.Compare atlas(def 5).
Origin of caryatid
Related Words for caryatidmonument, cylinder, monolith, buttress, totem, pedestal, support, prop, brace, obelisk, standard, upright, post, stay, pier, shaft, mast, tower, colonnade, pilaster
Examples from the Web for caryatid
Historical Examples of caryatid
The one on this side is resigned, and as beautiful as a caryatid.Rodin: The Man and his Art
She stands in the field like a caryatid, like a symbol of fertile nature.The History of Modern Painting, Volume 2 (of 4)
I do not know its history, though some one assured me that it was a caryatid.The Near East
It stood probably in the portico and may have served as a Caryatid.
A procession moving from the Propylaea to the Caryatid Porch had exactly the background of the sculptured figures.
- a column, used to support an entablature, in the form of a draped female figureCompare telamon
Word Origin for caryatid
"carved female figure used as a column," 1560s, from Middle French cariatide, from Latin caryatides, from Greek Karyatides (singular Karyatis) "priestesses of Artemis at Caryae" (Greek Karyai), a town in Laconia where dance festivals were held in Artemis' temple.