Definition of statuary in US English:



  • 1Sculpture consisting of statues; statues regarded collectively.

    ‘classical statuary’
    ‘fragments of broken statuary’
    • ‘In an interview for the show's catalogue, the artist says that the work was inspired by visits to the British Museum's galleries of ancient Greek and Roman statuary.’
    • ‘Stylistic borrowings from the exposition's classical columns, bold statuary, and reflective sheets of water soon found their way into new American gardens.’
    • ‘Crudely outlined heads and torsos are presented in simple, frontal poses and often resemble classical statuary more than living men.’
    • ‘Among the most notable sculptures, one can find the statuaries of St. Luthgard, St. Crucifix or St. John of Nepomuk.’
    • ‘Charles bridge is decorated by an alley of 30 statues and statuaries depicting saints on bridge piers.’
    • ‘Day two at the Slieve Donard Hotel in Newcastle sees the sale of furniture, silver, china, glass, fine art and garden statuary.’
    • ‘Nicholas Micros's cast aluminum and plaster sculptures bear the imprint of his study of figurative and monumental statuary.’
    • ‘On display are marvelous examples of statuary, jewelry, architectural elements, cylinder seals, and various decorative objects.’
    • ‘Really, there are not pages enough in this paper to list it all: A bamboo grove, stained glass, carved statuary in stone and wood, inlaid tables, more.’
    • ‘In the Hippodrome, for example, statuary was marshaled to depict Constantinople as the New Rome.’
    • ‘According to William Edmondson, the angels told him to begin making the tombstone statuary that's now gathered into an exhibition at the Museum of American Folk Art.’
    • ‘Beneath my window is a courtyard with benches, small statuaries, and some cherry trees bursting with pink blossoms that have not yet begun to drift to the grass.’
    • ‘Mindful of the fact that Lausos was a Christian, they were troubled by his choice of specifically pagan images for what they believed to have been his private collection of statuary.’
    • ‘Standing a bit over 6 feet tall, the bronzes had received a light, slightly pinkish, gray-ocher patina that strongly evokes classical statuary.’
    • ‘Coughing on the dust, they returned and closing the door, braced the benches against it and then piled some broken statuary swiped from the corridor against the benches.’
    • ‘Once in Italy, he drew incessantly, copying antique statuary as well as more recent work by Michelangelo and Raphael.’
    • ‘In terms of function, it has long been known that such statuary represented the individual as a worshiper and was to be placed in a temple.’
    • ‘During the course of the late third or early fourth century AD, re-use of marble statuary, rather than new production or new acquisitions sets in.’
    • ‘We were shown one slide after another of oil paintings and statuary that had been cleaned and brightened with laser light, each at an average cost of $80,000.’
    • ‘Among the classically inspired statuary, saints, such as St. Fiacre, the patron saint of gardeners, are popular, Galvan says.’
    1. 1.1archaic The art or practice of making statues.
    2. 1.2archaic A sculptor.


Mid 16th century: from Latin statuarius, from statua (see statue).