figurine

noun
fig·​u·​rine | \ ˌfi-g(y)ə-ˈrēn \

Definition of figurine

: a small carved or molded figure : statuette

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Synonyms & Antonyms for figurine

Synonyms

figure, statuette

Antonyms

colossus

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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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And in Europe, people started representing animals in art around the same time, such as on figurines carved in mammoth ivory from Germany. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "The world’s oldest figurative drawing depicts a wounded animal," 9 Nov. 2018 Set the scene for the season with Christmas centerpieces, figurines for the mantel, and more. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Here's Your First Look at The Home Depot's Best New Christmas Decorations," 14 Oct. 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. Fox News, "Sculpted head of mystery biblical king found in Israel," 10 June 2018 The 17-inch Harry, Royal Romance Groom doll was supposed to be revealed at the same moment, standing next to Markle’s delicate figurine. Amanda Marrazzo, chicagotribune.com, "Niles doll company replicates Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's royal wedding looks just hours after ceremony," 19 May 2018 The onetime English major chose a Colonel Sanders figurine for the role of Humbert Humbert and a tennis trophy doll for her protagonista. Amanda Alagem, Harper's BAZAAR, "Fall Jewels: Off the Walls," 10 Sep. 2015 The figurines Ezie photographed at Prada also have cartoonishly large lips and sable black complexions. Nadra Nittle, Vox, "Prada pulled a collection of figurines that drew comparisons to anti-black caricatures," 14 Dec. 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. Fox News, "Sculpted head of mystery biblical king found in Israel," 10 June 2018 Archeologists 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. Ilan Ben Zion, BostonGlobe.com, "Which mysterious biblical king is this? Scholars want to know," 9 June 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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figurine

noun

English Language Learners Definition of figurine

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

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