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statue

[stach-oo]
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noun
  1. 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.
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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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  • "Men say it is not so grand as the statue of Zeus, that we have at Olympia," replied the boy.

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child

  • From this marble Phidias sculptured a statue of Vengeance, which was called Rhamnusia.

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child

  • In the garden of Anaxagoras, you will find a statue of Pallas, carved from an olive-tree.

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child

  • We do not know which genius first discovered the use of pottery but he deserves a statue.

    Ancient Man

    Hendrik Willem van Loon

  • By the statue of Horace Greeley I stood a moment irresolute.


British Dictionary definitions for statue

statue

noun
  1. a wooden, stone, metal, plaster, or other kind of sculpture of a human or animal figure, usually life-size or larger
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Word Origin

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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