cary·​at·​id | \ ˌker-ē-ˈa-təd How to pronounce caryatid (audio) , ˌka-rē-; ˈker-ē-ə-ˌtid How to pronounce caryatid (audio) , ˈka-rē-\
plural caryatids or caryatides\ ˌker-​ē-​ˈa-​tə-​ˌdēz How to pronounce caryatides (audio) , ˌka-​rē-​ \

Definition of caryatid

: a draped female figure supporting an entablature

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The female figures are reminiscent of caryatids, seen in both ancient Greek temples and in the centuries-old carvings of the Luba people from Central Africa. The New Yorker, "Wangechi Mutu’s Female Figures Grace the Met’s Façade," 25 May 2018 Its exterior renovation included the replacement of 2,483 historically accurate windows and restoration of the decorative cornice complete with caryatid statues. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "Bedrock hires architect for Book restoration, hosts public tour Saturday," 4 Sep. 2019 So too did caryatids, stone sculptures of women that structurally hold up Greek temples, that provided the inspiration for one of the collection’s key silhouettes. Washington Post, "Dior goes black in Paris show that celebrates couture roots," 1 July 2019 And there's Salma Hayek in her clinking lavender gown, gliding through like a Technicolor caryatid. Carolina A. Miranda,, "From a TMZ tour bus to a seat at the Oscars: My search for elusive celebrity culture in Los Angeles," 6 Mar. 2018 The barge was intact, but some of the balusters and caryatid statues will have to be restored. Linda Robertson, miamiherald, "Vizcaya cleans up after flooding; the mansion was “a rock” during Irma," 14 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of caryatid

1563, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for caryatid

Latin caryatides, plural, from Greek karyatides priestesses of Artemis at Caryae, caryatids, from Karyai Caryae in Laconia

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