stat·​u·​ary | \ ˈsta-chə-ˌwer-ē How to pronounce statuary (audio) \
plural statuaries

Definition of statuary

 (Entry 1 of 2)

2a : the art of making statues
b : a collection of statues : statues



Definition of statuary (Entry 2 of 2)

: of, relating to, or suitable for statues

Examples of statuary in a Sentence

Noun a fine example of late Renaissance statuary
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The ignorant have harvested all the low fruit of Confederate-general statuary and are now knocking down any totem deemed more illustrious than any other, from Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln to Cervantes, Columbus, and Father Junípero Serra. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "Vote No on 1984," 2 Nov. 2020 In the same way, an aesthete asked in 1900 to single out the most important works in the Louvre would have named the Leonardos, the Delacroixs, the Greek statuary, the Egyptian antiquities, and, perhaps, the French neoclassical paintings. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "In Love with the Louvre," 19 Oct. 2020 Emphasis on female statuary appealed to many shoppers, with their art objective. Brenda Yenke, cleveland, "Setting the table with flair: Yenke Peddler antiques," 1 Oct. 2020 Amid fairy statuary and a tiny fairy doorway at the base of a large tree, Imani Williams masqueraded as a sprite, wearing fairy wings and carrying a wand. Susan Degrane,, "Flowers, fairies and purple peppers highlight Beverly group’s tour of area gardens," 16 Sep. 2020 Molly’s Peter stood stiff as statuary, the platter outstretched. David Wright Faladé, The New Yorker, "The Sand Banks, 1861," 24 Aug. 2020 The equestrian statue matched the times, seeming to fit not only Civil War statuary going up at that same time, but early 20th-century American imperial pretensions more generally. Matthew Gabriele And David Perry, Smithsonian Magazine, "In St. Louis, History and Nostalgia Battle It Out," 9 July 2020 Bits of ancient Roman statuary were nestled next to conch shells, as portrayed in a painting by Frans Francken the Younger from 1636. Kyle Chayka, The New Yorker, "“Grosse Fatigue” Tells the Story of Life on Earth," 10 July 2020 Goodwin said that’s a paternalistic reading of history and not consistent with the representation many black people want to see in statuary. Nicholas Rowan, Washington Examiner, "'We are tearing this statue down': Protesters target memorial to emancipated slaves," 23 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Small statuary dogs even found a purpose as salt and pepper shakers! Brenda Yenke, cleveland, "Staffordshire pottery goes to the dogs: Yenke Peddler antiques," 22 Oct. 2020 Timelines for various statuary compliances under RERA can also be extended. Prathamesh Mulye, Quartz India, "Who benefits, and by how much, from India’s $266 billion economic stimulus," 14 May 2020 And the master bath provides a serene escape from the city, with floor-to-ceiling honed white statuary marble, a Kohler bathtub below a large picture window, and Lefroy Brooks polished-chrome fittings. Jennifer Milne, ELLE Decor, "Studio Sofield’s Beckford Residences Are a Triumph," 1 Oct. 2019 On a recent afternoon, a finisher in rubber boots and gloves was applying a statuary brown patina to custom bronze HVAC grilles for the floor of Trinity Church in Lower Manhattan. Jane Margolies, New York Times, "At the Brooklyn Navy Yard It’s Full Steam Ahead," 12 Mar. 2020 Discounted items also might include succulents and carnivorous plants, garden furniture, tools and statuary, potting soil and fertilizers. Washington Post, "Fall’s the best time to harvest discounts at garden centers," 15 Oct. 2019 This is not a rule of the deep state; this is the rule of the self-evident state, the statuary state, the state of laws that the founders envisioned. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "Why Is Trump Obsessed with Outing the Whistle-Blower?," 7 Nov. 2019 This statuary works beautifully in concert with the buildings. Daniel Gelernter, National Review, "The Metropolitan Museum of Art Defaces Its Façade," 21 Sep. 2019 Ancient statuary and sarcophagi are strewn between benches and profuse flowers that encircle a trilling fountain. Washington Post, "Rome’s seven hills offer seven green respites from summer’s crowds," 12 July 2019

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First Known Use of statuary


1542, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1609, in the meaning defined above

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“Statuary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Nov. 2020.

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formal : a collection of statues

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