a person who practices the art of sculpture.
genitive Sculp·to·ris [skuhlp-tawr-is, -tohr-] /skʌlpˈtɔr ɪs, -ˈtoʊr-/. (initial capital letter) Astronomy. a southern constellation between Phoenix and Cetus.

Origin of sculptor

1625–35; < Latin, equivalent to sculp(ere) to carve + -tor -tor
Can be confusedsculptor sculpture Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for sculptor

artist, carver, chiseler

Examples from the Web for sculptor

Contemporary Examples of sculptor

Historical Examples of sculptor

  • A sculptor was set to work to carve a new one from the ruin.

  • A stroke of the mallet may be more effective than the sculptor had hoped; but it was intended.

    A Dish Of Orts

    George MacDonald

  • Not for myself, but for a sculptor I know who's on the look-out for a Psyche.

    His Masterpiece

    Emile Zola

  • The sculptor, delighted, gave a long pull at his pipe, and blew a cloud of smoke.

    His Masterpiece

    Emile Zola

  • Then the laughter began again, while the sculptor stammered his explanations.

    His Masterpiece

    Emile Zola

British Dictionary definitions for sculptor


feminine sculptress


a person who practises sculpture


noun Latin genitive Sculptoris (skʌlpˈtɔːrɪs)

a faint constellation in the S hemisphere between Phoenix and Cetus
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Word Origin and History for sculptor

1630s, from Latin sculptor "one who cuts or carves," agent noun from sculpt-, past participle stem of sculpere "to carve" (see sculpture). Fem. form sculptress attested from 1660s.

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