[ kar-ee-at-id ]
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noun,plural car·y·at·ids, car·y·at·i·des [kar-ee-at-i-deez]. /ˌkær iˈæt ɪˌdiz/. Architecture.
  1. a sculptured female figure used as a column.: Compare atlas (def. 5).

Origin of caryatid

1555–65; <Latin Caryātides (singular Caryātis) <Greek Karyā́tides columns shaped like women, literally, women of Karýai, Laconia

Other words from caryatid

  • car·y·at·i·dal, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for caryatid


/ (ˌkærɪˈætɪd) /

nounplural -ids or -ides (-ɪˌdiːz)
  1. a column, used to support an entablature, in the form of a draped female figure: Compare telamon

Origin of caryatid

C16: from Latin Caryātides, from Greek Karuatides priestesses of Artemis at Karuai (Caryae), village in Laconia

Derived forms of caryatid

  • caryatidal, caryatidean, caryatic or caryatidic (ˌkærɪəˈtɪdɪk), adjective

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