fig·​u·​rine | \ˌfi-g(y)ə-ˈrēn \

Definition of figurine 

: a small carved or molded figure : statuette

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figure, statuette



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Examples of figurine in a Sentence

his collection of figurines includes toy soldiers from every war that America has fought

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Sylvia Bustos also attended the vigil and brought a flower, angel figurine and a candle to pay her respects. Charlie Lapastora, Fox News, "Veterans, Arizonans pay their respects to Senator McCain with memorial outside of his office," 27 Aug. 2018 The lineup consists of a series of plastic, mostly neon chain-link, necklaces each decorated with a small figurine housed inside a clear plastic rectangle. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Post-Comic-Con, This Chicago Designer Is Turning Superhero Figurines Into Jewelry," 25 July 2018 Black-and-white photographs show fly fishermen and their catches while colorful carved wooden figurines from the 1800s recreate fly fishermen and their accoutrements. John Goodspeed, San Antonio Express-News, "German hunting, fishing museum spans history back to the stone age," 14 June 2018 Like most New Orleans cemeteries, Carrollton is congested with ornate figurines perched atop crumbling marble and sprawling family plots lodged within the wild, undulating ground. Hanna Krueger,, "Over 10,000 days of life spent digging graves for New Orleans' dead," 29 May 2018 Archaeologists unearthed the diminutive figurine in 2017 during excavations at a site called Abel Beth Maacah, located just south of Israel’s border with Lebanon, near the modern-day town of Metula. Washington Post, "Sculpted head of mystery biblical king found in Israel," 10 June 2018 Brady's cornucopia of paintings, furniture, tapestries, all manner of face masks, sculptures and figurines collected from across the globe are wonderfully displayed. Elizabeth Zach,, "Cuernavaca: A side trip into opulence, only an hour away from Mexico's capital," 9 Apr. 2018 Somehow, the fantasy game played with dice and figurines set off a moral panic after religious groups and members of the media accused the game of inspiring violent crimes. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "Revisit the Very 1980s Moral Panic Over Dungeons & Dragons," 19 Apr. 2016 Almost immediately after the reveal, the people of Twitter responded to the controversial figurine. Emily Wang, Allure, "Meghan Markle's Legoland Figure Criticized for Light Skin Tone in Its Royal Wedding Exhibit," 11 May 2018

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First Known Use of figurine

1854, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for figurine

borrowed from French, going back to Middle French, borrowed from Italian figurina, from figura "shape, figure entry 1" (going back to Latin figūra) + -ina, feminine of -ino, diminutive suffix (going back to Latin -īnus, suffix of appurtenance)

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English Language Learners Definition of figurine

: a small figure or model of a person made of wood, plastic, etc.

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