stat·​ue | \ ˈsta-(ˌ)chü \

Definition of statue 

: a three-dimensional representation usually of a person, animal, or mythical being that is produced by sculpturing, modeling, or casting

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After being locked in the basement with the statue for long enough, the kids came up with a fantasy world in order to cope with their fear, and so Griffins & Gargoyles was born. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Riverdale's Winter Finale Finally Solves the Gargoyle King Mystery," 13 Dec. 2018 For example, this morning Prince William met with Namibian Vice President Nangolo Mbumba, who presented him with a statue of a rhino. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Prince William Just Touched Down in Namibia for a Visit Focused on Animal Conservation," 24 Sep. 2018 The demonstration culminated with protesters toppling an effigy of Bush, recalling scenes of the fall of Saddam Hussein’s statue in Baghdad six months earlier. Ciara Nugent, Time, "Here's How Every Meeting Between the Queen and a U.S. President Went," 12 July 2018 As the game played out, residents from all corners of Tijuana gathered to watch by the traffic circle with the giant statue of the Aztec emperor Cuauhtémoc, the traditional venue for soccer victory celebrations. Sandra Dibble,, "¡Viva Korea! Losing to Sweden, Mexican soccer fans cheer Korean team," 27 June 2018 Even the tomb of François Tombalbaye, the nation’s first president, is just a car-sized lump of tile ringed by barbed wire — not a statue in sight. New York Times, "Nearly Eradicated in Humans, the Guinea Worm Finds New Victims: Dogs," 18 June 2018 Two parents in Kansas were hit with a claim for $132,000 in damages after their young son accidentally pulled down a statue in a community center in the city of Overland Park. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Parents Get $132,000 Bill for Statue That Fell On Their Son," 16 June 2018 The pair were seen at the Beatles statue in Liverpool, McCartney's childhood home at 20 Forthlin Road and on Penny Lane at the roundabout mentioned in the Beatles song. Steve Marinucci, Billboard, "Paul McCartney & James Corden Make A Surprise Visit To The Beatles' Hometown," 9 June 2018 The couple attended a welcoming ceremony in Nadi followed by an unveiling of a statue commemorating Sergeant Talaiasi Labalaba, a British-Fijian soldier. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Wears Jason Wu and Self-Portrait to Visit Fiji and Tonga During Royal Tour," 25 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of statue

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for statue

Middle English, from Anglo-French estatue, statue, from Latin statua, from statuere to set up — more at statute

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English Language Learners Definition of statue

: a figure usually of a person or animal that is made from stone, metal, etc.


stat·​ue | \ ˈsta-chü \

Kids Definition of statue

: an image or likeness (as of a person or animal) sculptured, modeled, or cast in a solid substance (as marble or bronze)

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