or life-sized

[ lahyf-sahyz ]

  1. 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

Words Nearby life-size Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use life-size in a sentence

  • A girl of forty-two weeks showed the same excitement at the sight of a life-size painting of a cat as at that of a real cat.

    Children's Ways | James Sully
  • Before the principal entrance, to which several flights of steps lead, stand two figures of elephants above life-size.

  • My own contributions consisted of life-size sketches of my wife, myself, and Bruno.

  • The paper was wrought in great panels, with life-size figures of orientals in the center.

  • It was a piet, a life-size statue of the Blessed Virgin set within a semicircle of rocks.

    Flappers and Philosophers | F. Scott Fitzgerald

British Dictionary definitions for life-size


  1. representing actual size

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