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caryatid

[ kar-ee-at-id ]
/ 藢k忙r i藞忙t 瑟d /
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noun, plural car路y路at路ids, car路y路at路i路des [kar-ee-at-i-deez]. /藢k忙r i藞忙t 瑟藢diz/. Architecture.
a sculptured female figure used as a column.Compare atlas (def. 5).
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Origin of caryatid

1555鈥65; <Latin Cary膩tides (singular Cary膩tis) <Greek Kary膩虂tides columns shaped like women, literally, women of Kar媒ai, Laconia

OTHER WORDS FROM caryatid

car路y路at路i路dal, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for caryatid

caryatid
/ (藢k忙r瑟藞忙t瑟d) /

noun plural -ids or -ides (-瑟藢di藧z)
a column, used to support an entablature, in the form of a draped female figureCompare telamon

Derived forms of caryatid

caryatidal, caryatidean, caryatic or caryatidic (藢k忙r瑟蓹藞t瑟d瑟k), adjective

Word Origin for caryatid

C16: from Latin Cary膩tides, from Greek Karuatides priestesses of Artemis at Karuai (Caryae), village in Laconia
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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