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



Definition of statuary (Entry 2 of 2)

: of, relating to, or suitable for statues

Examples of statuary in a Sentence


a fine example of late Renaissance statuary

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Though the tip is to go visit on a nighttime stroll, when the maddening day time crowds have left and its baroque statuary is illuminated in a soft glow from the moon and the lighting. Laura Itzkowitz, Condé Nast Traveler, "Rome's Art & Architecture: Our Guide," 5 Mar. 2018 There, in the back of the house, was my first salon, a nine-by-twelve room with two large windows looking down to what once was an enchanted garden of fountains and statuary, now lying in despair after 20 years of neglect. Vogue, "In His Posthumous Memoir, Bill Cunningham Recalls His Bohemian Beginnings," 13 Aug. 2018 The monumental works are in keeping with the Margiela aesthetic, using reclaimed concrete and marble statuary alongside common objects to create new works of art. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Before Its Menswear Show, Get a Sneak Peek of Maison Margiela’s New Art Installation," 21 June 2018 But there’s also a scattering of Asian statuary, a huge bronze dragon that presides over the hotel’s circular drive, and two fierce Chinese lions painted a lurid shade of pink. Jody Rosen, Smithsonian, "This Secret Corner of California Is a Paradise for Lovers of Great Food and Top-Notch Wines," 14 June 2018 The ultra-feminine shop offers a selection of French milled soups, vintage chandeliers from Paris, French bedding, statuary, estate jewelry, Aubusson pillows, baby gifts and fine linens. Michelle Newman, San Antonio Express-News, "New Braunfels: Your guide to shopping, dining and hotels," 11 June 2018 Those were also expressed through new public monuments, including humorously near-identical equestrian statuary. Jason Farago, New York Times, "How Latin America Was Built, Before Modernism Came Along," 18 Apr. 2018 On view across Manhattan, as well as from Staten Island to New Haven, the work ranges from religious statuary to textiles, prints and paintings. New York Times, "21 Art Exhibitions to View in NYC This Weekend," 15 Mar. 2018 There was also a profusion of statuary, antiques, silverware, and what can only be called very high-end knickknacks. Fortune, "The 10 Biggest Surprises From the $828 Million Rockefeller Auction," 12 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Countertop, statuary marble—Marble Unlimited (T); 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 Suarez became enamored of the elaborate stone work, statuary, fountains with soaring sprays and rills that gave Italian gardens of the 18th century both elegance and fantastical whimsy. New York Times, "6 Great Gardens to Visit in Florida," 16 Feb. 2018 The Society is selling stars – statuary that is – the proceeds of which will be used for the many projects that promote, preserve, and share Dayton's history. Community Report, Houston Chronicle, "Dayton businesses encouraged to let their stars shine," 29 Dec. 2017 Thus, over time, curtains and statuary were added to the interior. Jennifer Nalewicki, Smithsonian, "From Whispering Galleries to Echo Chambers, These Five Architectural Structures Have Extraordinary Acoustics," 16 May 2017 The statuary and architectural elements really make the space truly unique and intriguing. Eileen Townsend, Vogue, "Inside the Fight to Save Little Italy’s Most Romantic Garden," 23 Oct. 2017

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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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formal : a collection of statues

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