waxwork

noun
wax·​work | \ ˈwaks-ˌwərk How to pronounce waxwork (audio) \

Definition of waxwork

1 : an effigy in wax usually of a person
2 waxworks\ ˈwaks-​ˌwərks How to pronounce waxworks (audio) \ plural in form but singular or plural in construction : wax museum

Examples of waxwork in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The waxworks were unveiled in May 2018, ahead of the couple’s lavish wedding in Windsor, England. Washington Post, "London’s Madame Tussauds removes Meghan and Harry wax figures from royal family display," 9 Jan. 2020 Inside is a waxwork model of Menelik sitting on his original throne; some visitors prostrate themselves in deference. The Economist, "An imperial palace, a prison—and now a symbolic museum," 7 Nov. 2019 Ariana's waxwork isn't the first wax figure to be met with multiple confused emojis by fans. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Ariana Grande's Wax Figure Is Bid "Thank U, Next" By Fans," 25 May 2019 The British singer took the opportunity to turn her 15-minutes of waxwork fame at the museum in Amsterdam yesterday into a social media fashion challenge. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Can You Figure Out What Dua Lipa’s Madame Tussauds Wax Figure Is Wearing?," 9 Apr. 2019 The bizarre waxworks have our favorite royals deep into holiday celebrations and cradling Meghan's baby bump. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "Madame Tussauds' Meghan and Harry Christmas Situation Will Haunt Your Dreams," 11 Dec. 2018 On Twitter, photos of the waxwork's outing were quickly uploaded and shared. Jennifer Hassan, Washington Post, "Trump canceled his trip to the U.S. Embassy in London, but his Madame Tussauds waxwork made it," 12 Jan. 2018 Some of the most striking of Mr. Connors’s photographs are portraits of North Koreans: three schoolgirls as frozen as waxworks, one young man affectionately touching another at a public swimming pool. Arthur Lubow, New York Times, "What’s New in Photography? Humanism, MoMA Says," 9 Mar. 2018 Claire Treacy, a spokeswoman for Madame Tussauds in London, said the decision to move the life-size Trump waxwork was made spontaneously within minutes. Jennifer Hassan, Washington Post, "Trump canceled his trip to the U.S. Embassy in London, but his Madame Tussauds waxwork made it," 12 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of waxwork

1663, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Waxwork.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waxwork. Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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