statuary

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

Definition of statuary

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

statuary

adjective

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

And Frank’s human subjects are imbued with the nobility of statuary. Jason Heller, The Atlantic, "Robert Frank, the Iconoclastic Image-Maker," 11 Sep. 2019 This exhibition presents some of the most spectacular archeological finds from the site — including bronzes, marble statuary and objects from the library of papyrus scrolls that give the villa its name. Los Angeles Times, "Datebook: A painter slyly picks apart the tropes through which women are seen," 5 Sep. 2019 The neoclassical palace has an impressive facade of columns and statuary, and inside, has a large number of religious icons and several unique art nouveau rooms. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian, "From Nazi Prisons to Cat Sanctuaries, Explore the Many Lives of These Russian Palaces," 19 Aug. 2019 This exhibition presents some of the most spectacular archeological finds from the site — including bronzes, marble statuary and objects from the library of papyrus scrolls that give the villa its name. Carolina A. Miranda, latimes.com, "Datebook: At the Getty, one of Gordon Parks’ most controversial photographic series," 11 July 2019 This exhibition presents some of the most spectacular archeological finds from the site — including bronzes, marble statuary and objects from the library of papyrus scrolls that give the villa its name. Los Angeles Times, "Datebook: How Duke Ellington inspired an art show about black and Latino experience," 15 Aug. 2019 This exhibition presents some of the most spectacular archeological finds from the site — including bronzes, marble statuary and objects from the library of papyrus scrolls that give the villa its name. Carolina A. Miranda, latimes.com, "Datebook: At the Getty, one of Gordon Parks’ most controversial photographic series," 11 July 2019 Towering cypress, boxwood hedges, Roman statuary, and pleasant paths direct the eye toward stately vistas all around. Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY, "Tivoli: Why this Italian city is still Rome's great escape, 2,000 years later," 16 July 2019 This exhibition presents some of the most spectacular archeological finds from the site — including bronzes, marble statuary and objects from the library of papyrus scrolls that give the villa its name. Carolina A. Miranda, latimes.com, "Datebook: At the Getty, one of Gordon Parks’ most controversial photographic series," 11 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 The vandal broke a piece of the statuary’s cannon, according to a news release. Evan Macdonald, cleveland.com, "Vandal climbed, damaged Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument in Cleveland’s Public Square," 25 July 2019 Ligorio basically used Hadrian's Villa as a quarry to provide statuary and decorative stonework for his vision. Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY, "Tivoli: Why this Italian city is still Rome's great escape, 2,000 years later," 16 July 2019 In the first century, hieroglyphs were a mystery and were left untouched by early Christians even when stripping old gods of power, as seen here in examples of kneeling temple statuary. Edward Rothstein, WSJ, "‘Striking Power: Iconoclasm in Ancient Egypt’ Review: Editing the Image," 17 June 2019 Countertop, statuary marble—Marble Unlimited (T); marbleunlimitedinc.com. House Beautiful, "September 2011 Issue Product Guide," 29 June 2011 Explore foliage, flowerbeds, water features, statuary and more. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A listing of home and garden events for the Milwaukee area (Summer 2018 edition)," 4 July 2018 Greek statuary guards two turquoise negative-edge swimming pools. Eric Dexheimer, ajc, "Small Texas town buys $4 million luxury mansion, but deal backfires. Now what, officials ask?," 16 Mar. 2018 The Royer garden in Poway has statuary throughout, including hounds on the hunt, a stag peeking out at visitors and a mountain lion lurking on a tree limb in the front of the home. Elizabeth Marie Himchak, Pomerado News, "Spring garden tour returns to Rancho Bernardo, Poway," 7 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of statuary

Noun

1542, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1609, in the meaning defined above

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statuary

noun

English Language Learners Definition of statuary

formal : a collection of statues

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