or life-sized



of the natural size of an object, person, etc., in life; of the actual size of a living original: a life-size statue.

Origin of life-size

First recorded in 1835–45 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for life-size

Contemporary Examples of life-size

Historical Examples of life-size

  • It was of a full-length portrait of Alice, life-size, by Grant.

    Tony Butler

    Charles James Lever

  • The background of the picture was a distant landscape, and all the objects were life-size.


    Mrs. S. B. C. Samuels

  • I have now a life-size steel-engraving of him that I secured when a girl.

  • Most people see the image in the crystal, but believe they see it life-size.

  • The life-size card of Kedzie was made with a prop to hold it up.

British Dictionary definitions for life-size




representing actual size
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Word Origin and History for life-size

1820, from life (n.) + size (n.).

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