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 The removal of the statue was just one of the many monument removals across the country that resulted in protests and counter protests in 2017. Alex Briseno, Dallas News, "Texas Senate committee wades into debate over tributes to the Confederacy with focus on artwork," 23 Nov. 2020 The Portsmouth incident resulted in the injury of a man when part of the statue fell on him, according to Virginia State police. Mirna Alsharif, CNN, "Virginia police chief, whose department filed felony charges against Black legislator in a Confederate monument vandalism case, has been fired," 18 Nov. 2020 Carmel is changing how the city's public art is chosen following debate over the purchase of a statue depicting a Black child. Kaitlin Lange, The Indianapolis Star, "Mayor Brainard has chosen Carmel's artwork without much oversight. That's changing.," 17 Nov. 2020 Gatherings were reported outside the Saint-Louis Cathedral in Versailles, in front of a Virgin Mary statue in Nantes and other cities. Jessica Flores, USA TODAY, "Coronavirus updates: US surpasses 11M infections, 246K deaths; Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer defends 'following reputable scientists'," 16 Nov. 2020 Whether atop the base of a Confederate-era statue or perusing the 15th-century gallery at the Walters Art Museum, the Baltimore artist aims to create safe spaces and cleanse environments that were not historically built or intended for her. Stephanie García,, "With healing rituals passed down from her Panamanian family, Baltimore shaman creates art wrapped in medicine," 30 Oct. 2020 Also, those idiotically woke University of Wisconsin at Madison students who voted to get rid of a statue of Abraham Lincoln, who freed the slaves. John Kass,, "Column: Toobin, Giuliani, Big Tech ... ‘there can be only one’ Golden Moutza of October!," 30 Oct. 2020 The fate of the statue will likely be decided by an Allegheny County judge. David Aaro, Fox News, "Pittsburgh park's Christopher Columbus statue should go, arts panel decides," 30 Oct. 2020 The festivities begin with the arrival of a statue of the Lord of Qoyllur Rit’i, transported from the nearby town of Mahuayani, to the valley’s small chapel. New York Times, "Witnessing Peru’s Enduring, if Altered, Snow Star Festival," 26 Oct. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'statue.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about statue

Time Traveler for statue

Time Traveler

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

See more words from the same century

Statistics for statue

Last Updated

25 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Statue.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for statue


How to pronounce statue (audio)

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)

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on statue

Nglish: Translation of statue for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of statue for Arabic Speakers Encyclopedia article about statue

Comments on statue

What made you want to look up statue? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Musical Words Quiz

  • gramophone
  • Which word describes a musical performance marked by the absence of instrumental accompaniment?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!