noun, plural car·y·at·ids, car·y·at·i·des [kar-ee-at-i-deez] /ˌkær iˈæt ɪˌdiz/. Architecture.
Origin of caryatid
Examples from the Web for caryatid
It stood probably in the portico and may have served as a Caryatid.
A restricted use of the Caryatid Porch is a certain inference from the following facts.
"The Caryatid" is no more the erect figure that bears lightly or unyieldingly the heaviness of the marble.Auguste Rodin|Rainer Maria Rilke
The caryatid form of pier is generally found, in temples, in the peristyles of the fore-courts or the hypostyles of the pronaos.A history of art in ancient Egypt, Vol. I (of 2)|Georges Perrot
She stands in the field like a caryatid, like a symbol of fertile nature.The History of Modern Painting, Volume 2 (of 4)|Richard Muther
British Dictionary definitions for caryatid
noun plural -ids or -ides (-ɪˌdiːz)
Word Origin for caryatid
Word Origin and History 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.