stat·​ue ˈsta-(ˌ)chü How to pronounce statue (audio)
: 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 His parents had told him that there was no pot of gold waiting for him, a point reiterated by his dad in front of the famous 1869 statue of Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt in New York’s Grand Central Station. Pamela McClintock, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 Sep. 2023 The memorial sculpture, called Four Spirits, features bronze statues of four girls and a bronze bench featuring the names and photos of all six Black children killed that day, including Robinson and Ware. Char Adams, NBC News, 15 Sep. 2023 Protesters took this critique into the streets by toppling, decapitating, or defacing dozens of statues honoring colonial and pro-slavery figures; cities, proactively, took down others. Christopher Hawthorne, The New Yorker, 12 Sep. 2023 The suite is tucked behind an unremarkable entrance amid the marble and statues of the first floor of the Capitol. Scott MacFarlane, CBS News, 11 Sep. 2023 Just beyond the Mugar statue sits Fiedler’s bust by the Charles River. Globe Columnist,, 9 Sep. 2023 The substance was discovered on the head of the statue on Tuesday evening. Drew Dawson, Journal Sentinel, 8 Sep. 2023 At an event commemorating the famous 1925 serum run at the beloved statue of Balto the Alaskan Husky in Central Park, President Joe Biden spoke of his long-ago toy Schnauzer, Puddles. Rich Lowry, National Review, 17 Sep. 2023 Lakers Kobe Bryant statue to be unveiled outside Crypto next year. Chuck Schilken, Los Angeles Times, 16 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Statue.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


stat·​ue ˈstach-ü How to pronounce statue (audio)
: a likeness (as of a person) sculptured, modeled, or cast in a solid substance (as marble)

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