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


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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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 Farley said, recalling the gargoyle figurines at the two-story residence and the cast-iron doors. Johnny Diaz,, "MTV's 'Jersey Shore: Family Vacation' set to debut with a more adult cast in Miami," 2 Apr. 2018 Many shoppers are trading down to collectible figurines such as L.O.L. Surprise dolls and Hatchimals stuffed animals that can retail for less than $10. Carol Matlack,, "Toymakers struggle to crack the code of what kids want," 2 Apr. 2018 Many shoppers are trading down to collectible figurines such as L.O.L. Surprise dolls and Hatchimals stuffed animals that can retail for less than $10. Carol Matlack,, "The Long, Slow Demise of My Little Pony and Yoda," 29 Mar. 2018 Toni Collette, in one her best performances ever, plays Annie, an artist who creates miniature rooms and figurines. David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle, "In ‘Hereditary’ starring Toni Collete, a family tree gets uprooted in chilling ways," 4 June 2018 Playful accents include a White Rabbit pillow, vintage storybooks, and Beatrix Potter figurines from Ogden’s childhood. Marni Elyse Katz,, "A bedroom designed to grow with its 7-year-old resident," 11 May 2018 Theft, Muirfield Drive: The daughter of a 95-year-old resident reported March 17 her mother said an ivory seashell figurine had been stolen from her home. Andy Attina /,, "Officers round-up several teenagers out after curfew: Highland Heights Police Blotter," 21 Mar. 2018 Sometimes the game can have extreme twists that involve crazy things like snakes or spiders, but this one was only a pineapple, a whoopee cushion and a small lion figurine. Alysha Tsuji, For The Win, "Detroit Lions hilariously react to random items while playing 'What's in the box?'," 12 July 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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