figurine

[fig-yuh-reen]
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Origin of figurine

1850–55; < French < Italian figurina, equivalent to figur(a) figure + -ina -ine1 (here diminutive)
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British Dictionary definitions for figurine

figurine

noun
  1. a small carved or moulded figure; statuette

Word Origin for figurine

C19: from French, from Italian figurina a little figure
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Word Origin and History for figurine
n.

1854, from French figurine (16c.), from Italian figurina, diminutive of figura, from Latin figura (see figure (n.)).

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