adjective fig·u·rate \ˈfigyərə̇t, -ˌrāt\

Definition of figurate

  1. 1 :  relating to, composed of, or suggestive of a figure

  2. 2 :  florid 1c figurate counterpoint



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Origin and Etymology of figurate

Latin figuratus, past participle of figurare to form — more at figure

First Known Use: 1530

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