stat·​ue | \ ˈsta-(ˌ)chü How to pronounce statue (audio) \

Definition of statue

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

Examples of statue in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the bottom right corner, newspapers display headlines about Virginia repealing the death penalty and removing its biggest Confederate statue — both accomplishments of Northam’s term. Washington Post, 12 Jan. 2022 The first container was found December 17 while workers were dismantling the statue's 40-foot pedestal on Monument Avenue in Richmond, according to a news release from Northam's office. Sara Smart, CNN, 28 Dec. 2021 Northam, who ordered the statue's removal, replaced the first time capsule with a new one crafted by a local sculptor. Tori B. Powell, CBS News, 28 Dec. 2021 The statue's removal was slowed by lawsuits from some residents who opposed it being taken down, but the state's Supreme Court okayed it. Michelle Stoddart, ABC News, 23 Dec. 2021 After joining the museum in 2012 Mace discovered that its monumental 10th-century statue of the semi-divine Hindu monkey general Hanuman probably had been looted before the museum bought it in good faith in 1982. Steven Litt, cleveland, 21 Nov. 2021 Prince Harry returned to London for the statue's debut, reuniting with his older brother, 39, for the first time since their grandfather Prince Philip's funeral in April. Stephanie Petit,, 12 Oct. 2021 The Lee statue will become part of a public art effort, Swords into Plowshares, designed to transform symbols of racial hatred into evocative works of public memorial. Peniel E. Joseph, CNN, 4 Jan. 2022 Last week, two groups hoping to obtain the statue filed suit against the city of Charlottesville to prevent it being destroyed. Washington Post, 30 Dec. 2021

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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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The first known use of statue was in the 14th century

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18 Jan 2022

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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 How to pronounce statue (audio) \

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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