Definition of figura in English:



  • (in literary theory) a person or thing representing or symbolizing a fact or ideal.

    • ‘The name Vinci stands not only as a metaphor for the master's pictorial perfection but also as a figura of his self.’
    • ‘They have described how the Renaissance blazon expresses the desire to fetishize and idolize the female body by fragmenting the subjective Other and reshaping her as a figura for the male poet's autonomy.’
    • ‘Figura puts the stress on the shaped artifact itself and the viewer's efforts to interpret it.’
    • ‘The woman's face, the narrator seems to argue, becomes a figura for the male will.’


Latin, literally ‘figure’ (representing an early use of figure to denote an emblem or type).