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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Photographs that remain of the intact figurines, and the shards themselves, hint at delicate curls of hair or lip. Washington Post, "Afghans restore art shattered by Taliban as peace deal nears," 20 Aug. 2019 Crystals, amber, amethyst, phallic amulets, glass beads, figurines, and a miniature human skull were among the many artifacts archaeologists uncovered from an excavation site at Pompeii recently. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Archaeologists discovered an invaluable cache of ritual artifacts at Pompeii," 14 Aug. 2019 Both burial chambers also held ancient treasures, including figurines, clay pots, false amphoras (jugs) and narrow-leaved basins, as well as other small artifacts such as buttons, the Ministry reported yesterday (Aug. 11). Fox News, "Grave robbers missed these ancient Greek graves," 14 Aug. 2019 Others at the convention were also working, including a bunch of vendors selling various kinds of sci-fi ephemera, figurines, costumes and other kitsch. Kevin Rector,, "‘It’s just fun’: Sci-fi fans dress up and meet their heroes at the Shore Leave 41 convention in Hunt Valley," 13 July 2019 Two skewers Small colorful objects, such as figurines, small toys, a battery, an eraser, etc. Scientific American, "Distorted Images," 6 June 2019 There are life-size figurines of children around the room. Jeneé Osterheldt,, "Mass shootings require a call to action. Will we answer?," 21 Aug. 2019 Funko Pop just revealed its third advent calendar for the holiday season, filled with micro-figurines from the popular video game, Fortnite. Christina Butan,, "The Fortnite advent calendar from Funko Pop is officially available for preorder," 16 Aug. 2019 Among her most important possessions: three figurines of angels embracing firefighters. Special To The Oregonian/oregonlive,, "Wildfire toll leaves communities struggling to recover," 14 Aug. 2019

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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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