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

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In the first episode, when the statue is destroyed, the head comes off hinting towards decapitation. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "How Did "The Umbrella Academy"'s Ben / Number Six Die?," 27 Feb. 2019 Netflix might have danced with the wrong devil — or, rather, satanic statue. Josephine Yurcaba, Teen Vogue, "The Satanic Temple Plans to Sue Netflix for Its Depiction of Baphomet in "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina"," 30 Oct. 2018 Spanish news outlets report that the parish priest only asked for the statue to be cleaned, according to the BBC. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "Pee-Wee Herman? Art world fumes over 'botched' restoration of 16th-century St. George," 27 June 2018 The bronze statue of Kali is from Lalitpur, the ancient capital of arts in the Kathmandu Valley, all 175 pounds of it carried on the backs of men in the 1970s before the road arrived. Sophy Roberts, Condé Nast Traveler, "On Your Next Trip to Nepal, Rent the House Sir Edmund Hillary Loved," 20 Dec. 2018 Fans were understandably excited about the new footage, and took to Twitter: A teaser trailer released earlier this year featured statues of Jon Snow, Sansa Stark, and Arya Stark in a crypt. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "New Game of Thrones Footage Shows the Wall Falling Down & Fans Can't Wait," 24 Feb. 2019 His organization, the India Rationalist Association, uses science to explain what many believe to be miracles, such as a statue of Jesus, that, because of a leaking pipe, appeared to be weeping. Seema Yasmin, SELF, "In Rural India, Protecting Women From Witch Hunting, and an Impending Flood," 17 Aug. 2018 The most important artifacts and memorabilia — including an imposing statue of the Confederate general himself — have been earmarked for future display in a small museum in the school’s library, a space expected to be renovated by December. Lauren Caruba, San Antonio Express-News, "Lee High School’s mountain of memories to be auctioned," 11 July 2018 The small bed has a butterfly bush, which really does attract butterflies, and lilies and primroses are nestled around an angel statue in the center. Emma Austin, The Courier-Journal, "This idyllic English garden is hiding in plain sight in Old Louisville," 7 June 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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The first known use of statue was in the 14th century

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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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an act or instance of returning to life

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