figural

adjective fig·ur·al \ ˈfi-g(y)ə-rəl \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of figural

1 :figurative 2a
2 :of, relating to, or consisting of human or animal figures
  • a figural composition

Examples of figural in a Sentence

  1. “a candidate running for office” is just a figural expression

Recent Examples of figural from the Web

  • He was committed to a psychiatric hospital in Verona in 1947, and lived there until his death, in 1974, producing hundreds of colorful gouaches, distinctive for their obsessive repetition and figural silhouettes filled with bubbles or holes.

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Origin and Etymology of figural

Middle English, borrowed from Late Latin figūrālis "of a figure, symbolic," from Latin figūra "form, shape, 1figure" + -ālis 1-al


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