wax·​work ˈwaks-ˌwərk How to pronounce waxwork (audio)
: an effigy in wax usually of a person
waxworks ˈwaks-ˌwərks How to pronounce waxwork (audio) plural in form but singular or plural in construction : wax museum

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Although Evin has remained open, the authorities closed the shah’s older jail in central Tehran and turned it into the Ebrat Museum to showcase the shah’s brutality, complete with waxwork figures of torture victims. Kian Tajbakhsh, The Atlantic, 1 Nov. 2022 Four people have been arrested for criminal damage, after a waxwork of King Charles III was vandalized at Madame Tussauds in London on Monday. Christian Edwards, CNN, 24 Oct. 2022 Just Stop Oil activists smashed cake into the face of a King Charles III waxwork at the Madam Tussauds museum in London Monday. Pilar Arias, Fox News, 24 Oct. 2022 Penn gets off less easily, swaddled in and inhibited by the waxwork prosthetics that seem to crop up somewhere in every true-life dramatization these days. Daniel D'addario, Variety, 21 Apr. 2022 The future Queen was only 2 years old when Madame Tussauds London created their first waxwork of her in 1928. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, 15 Oct. 2021 Prior to their removal from the royal set, the two waxwork figures had stood alongside Queen Elizabeth II, the late Prince Philip, the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. CNN, 14 May 2021 The rainbows and steelhead can be caught on tiny jigs tipped with a waxwork or a couple of maggots, and a small ball of Berkley PowerBait molded on a small hook. cleveland, 11 Feb. 2021 The waxworks were unveiled in May 2018, ahead of the couple’s lavish wedding in Windsor, England. Washington Post, 9 Jan. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1663, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of waxwork was in 1663

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“Waxwork.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waxwork. Accessed 29 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition


wax·​work -ˌswərk How to pronounce waxwork (audio)
: a figure in wax usually of a person
plural : wax museum

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