fig·​u·​rine | \ ˌfi-g(y)ə-ˈrēn How to pronounce figurine (audio) \

Definition of figurine

: a small carved or molded figure : statuette

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Synonyms & Antonyms for figurine


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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In the foyer is a baroque harpsichord that never gets played, shelves of 19th-century Staffordshire truffle hound figurines and a 20th-century (disconnected) phone booth. Julie Besonen, New York Times, "The Elegant Relic of Restaurant Row," 2 Feb. 2018 Lost Kitties made a splash last year with their fun figurines and unique unboxing experience. Selina Tedesco, Good Housekeeping, "EXCLUSIVE: Hasbro Is Bringing Lost Kitties Mice Mania to Stores This Spring," 13 Feb. 2019 The ships were meticulous, the figurines of hobos and fishermen were gentle and funny. Robert J. Toth, WSJ, "The Stuff Our Parents Left Behind," 18 Nov. 2018 And don’t forget the bold costume jewelry: around her neck hung a human figurine necklace, and an ornate cross pendant. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "FKA Twigs Takes the Renaissance Trend to the Next Level Thanks to This British Designer," 26 Jan. 2019 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,, "Niles doll company replicates Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's royal wedding looks just hours after ceremony," 19 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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The first known use of figurine was in 1854

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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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