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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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 Rohlfing said some people didn't immediately know what the figurine was from a distance. Alison Dirr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee firefighter who hung brown figurine from ribbon suspended for 20 days," 17 Sep. 2020 Tourist shops hawk his figurine alongside that of the pope. Chico Harlan, Washington Post, "Soccer legend Diego Maradona mourned in Naples," 25 Nov. 2020 Like any chief, Rohlfing had to handle employee misconduct, most recently giving a firefighter a 20-day suspension for hanging a brown figurine in a fire station. Ashley Luthern, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'My honor and privilege': Milwaukee's fire chief to retire, opening another key vacancy in city safety services," 25 Sep. 2020 Elsewhere, a figurine from India depicts a British soldier grasped in a tiger’s jaws. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "A Story of an Empire, Told Through Tea," 12 Mar. 2020 Tiny and naked, with her full pubic bush on display, the bland figurine stands on top of an otherwise indistinguishable blob of silver. Madeleine Kearns, National Review, "Mary Wollstonecraft Deserves Better," 19 Nov. 2020 Funko is rightfully honored to have designed a figurine in Quintanilla’s likeness. Tess Garcia,, "Funko Pop’s Selena figurine sold out on Amazon in 40 minutes — here’s how you can still buy it," 3 Dec. 2020 In a critical plot point meant to convey the young bride’s insecurity and the power play between her and Mrs. Danvers, Mrs. de Winter knocks over and breaks a figurine, then tries to hide the evidence. Madeleine Kearns, National Review, "Last Night I Dreamed I Watched a Better Movie," 8 Nov. 2020 Second place was awarded to Blooms of Blessing, for their Miss Mum figurine. Sam Boyer, cleveland, "Fun ways to take some of the scary out of Halloween: Whit & Whimsey," 16 Oct. 2020

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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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10 Feb 2021

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“Figurine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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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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