statue

[stach-oo]

noun

a three-dimensional work of art, as a representational or abstract form, carved in stone or wood, molded in a plastic material, cast in bronze, or the like.

Origin of statue

1300–50; Middle English < Middle French < Latin statua, noun derivative of statuere to set up, itself derivative of status (see status)
Related formsstat·ue·like, adjective
Can be confusedstatue stature statute
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statue

noun

a wooden, stone, metal, plaster, or other kind of sculpture of a human or animal figure, usually life-size or larger

Word Origin for statue

C14: via Old French from Latin statua, from statuere to set up; compare statute
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Word Origin and History for statue
n.

c.1300, from Old French statue (12c.), from Latin statua "image, statue," prop. "that which is set up," back-formation from statuere "to cause to stand, set up," from status "a standing, position," from stare "to stand" (see stet). The children's game of statues is attested from 1906.

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