fig·​u·​rine ˌfi-g(y)ə-ˈrēn How to pronounce figurine (audio)
: a small carved or molded figure : statuette

Examples of figurine in a Sentence

his collection of figurines includes toy soldiers from every war that America has fought
Recent Examples on the Web Meant for ages 7 and up, your kids can create their own scene complete with a pumpkin archway, skeleton, tractor, bat, spider, and two figurines: one tractor driver dressed as a mummy and one figure dressed in a skeleton costume. Chaunie Brusie, Rn, Parents, 27 Sep. 2023 DiCamillo studied the red net bag in her father’s hands, then watched as a set of wooden figurines tumbled out of it: a farmer, his wife, a cow, a pig, a chicken, a barn, a sun, and a moon. Casey Cep, The New Yorker, 11 Sep. 2023 Strewn and stacked around our home are mementos of my childhood – superhero figurines and video game decor. Ken Makin, The Christian Science Monitor, 1 Sep. 2023 Glam Up Buckingham Nutcracker Candle Holder A surefire way to make a nutcracker figurine feel even more appropriate for the holidays is to dress it up in MacKenzie-Childs signature Courtly Check. Stephanie Osmanski, Southern Living, 23 Aug. 2023 Amazon also has this 6.7-inch Messi figurine inspired by the superstar’s 2022 World Cup win. Tim Chan, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 Aug. 2023 To go a more traditional, glamorous route, use a white table runner and some short votives with neutral or metallic figurines or trees. Mary Catherine McAnnally Scott, Southern Living, 8 Sep. 2023 Plus, Lorelai’s signature trinkets litter the living room, too—remember when Rory’s instructed to look for takeout money under the dancing rabbi figurine? Abby Wilson, Better Homes & Gardens, 7 Sep. 2023 For those looking to try their hand at making prototypes or artwork and/or creating their own toys, figurines, or desk ornaments, a 3D printer is a nice device to have around. Micki Wagner, Popular Mechanics, 6 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History


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)

First Known Use

1854, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of figurine was in 1854

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Cite this Entry

“Figurine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition


fig·​u·​rine ˌfig-(y)ə-ˈrēn How to pronounce figurine (audio)
: a small carved or molded figure

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