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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Once Rob Lowe and Sofia Vergara announced McCarthy as the winner, she was handed a bouquet of roses and a crown (as well as her gold statue!). Diana Pearl,, "From SJP to JLD: 13 of Our Favorite Emmys Acceptance Speeches Ever," 16 Sep. 2019 The shaded garden, with its ancient marble statues and climbing vines, is an ideal spot for a morning cappuccino. Andrea Whittle, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Locals' Guide to Venice," 4 Sep. 2019 Kimball added that officials from the Burbank Art in Public Places Commission were leaning toward having a bronze statue to fulfill the art requirement tied to the development of the center. Anthony Clark Carpio, Burbank Leader, "Hollywood Burbank Airport officials continue to seek art for transportation center," 27 Aug. 2019 There are many questions about the Monte Alto people, including what their potbelly statues represent. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Fascinating History of Magnetism Goes Back Even Longer Than We Thought," 6 Aug. 2019 On his birthday farmers hang garlands on his statue. The Economist, "The South Asian monsoon, past, present and future," 27 June 2019 There were images of his funeral and pictures of his statue by the cave, but there were also photos of his life before the rescue: mid-bike ride, or post-triathlon, or with his wife, Waleeporn. Max Marshall,, "Mining the Miracle," 26 June 2019 His bronze statue stands in a fitting location: London’s historic and fashionable Jermyn Street, home to the city’s finest men’s tailors. Ignacio Peyró, National Geographic, "This 19th-century London dandy caused a style revolution," 18 June 2019 All North Koreans are required to wear lapel pins bearing the images of the late Kims and to pay tribute to their statues throughout the country. New York Times, "Kim Jong-un Pans Mass Games, and the Spectacle Is Suspended," 5 June 2019

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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 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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