like or suggesting a statue, as in massive or majestic dignity, grace, or beauty.

Origin of statuesque

First recorded in 1825–35; statue + -esque
Related formsstat·u·esque·ly, adverbstat·u·esque·ness, nounun·stat·u·esque, adjectiveun·stat·u·esque·ly, adverbun·stat·u·esque·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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like a statue, esp in possessing great formal beauty or dignity
Derived Formsstatuesquely, adverbstatuesqueness, noun

Word Origin for statuesque

C19: from statue + -esque, on the model of picturesque
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Word Origin and History for statuesque

early 1820s, from statue, patterned on picturesque.

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