[ waks-wurks ]
/ ˈwæksˌwɜrks /

noun, plural wax·works. (usually used with a singular verb)

an exhibition of or a museum for displaying wax figures, ornaments, etc.

Origin of waxworks

1690–1700; wax1 + works

Definition for waxworks (2 of 2)


[ waks-wurk ]
/ ˈwæksˌwɜrk /


a figure, ornament, or other object made of wax, or especially the life-size effigy of a person.
the bittersweet, Celastrus scandens.

Origin of waxwork

First recorded in 1690–1700; wax1 + work

Related forms

wax·work·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for waxworks


/ (ˈwæksˌwɜːk) /


an object reproduced in wax, esp as an ornament
a life-size lifelike figure, esp of a famous person, reproduced in wax
(plural; functioning as singular or plural) a museum or exhibition of wax figures or objects

Derived Forms

waxworker, noun
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