Definition of statuary in US English:



  • 1Sculpture consisting of statues; statues regarded collectively.

    ‘classical statuary’
    ‘fragments of broken statuary’
    • ‘Nicholas Micros's cast aluminum and plaster sculptures bear the imprint of his study of figurative and monumental statuary.’
    • ‘Standing a bit over 6 feet tall, the bronzes had received a light, slightly pinkish, gray-ocher patina that strongly evokes classical statuary.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Day two at the Slieve Donard Hotel in Newcastle sees the sale of furniture, silver, china, glass, fine art and garden 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Charles bridge is decorated by an alley of 30 statues and statuaries depicting saints on bridge piers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the Hippodrome, for example, statuary was marshaled to depict Constantinople as the New Rome.’
    • ‘Crudely outlined heads and torsos are presented in simple, frontal poses and often resemble classical statuary more than living men.’
    • ‘Among the classically inspired statuary, saints, such as St. Fiacre, the patron saint of gardeners, are popular, Galvan says.’
    • ‘Among the most notable sculptures, one can find the statuaries of St. Luthgard, St. Crucifix or St. John of Nepomuk.’
    • ‘Stylistic borrowings from the exposition's classical columns, bold statuary, and reflective sheets of water soon found their way into new American gardens.’
    • ‘Once in Italy, he drew incessantly, copying antique statuary as well as more recent work by Michelangelo and Raphael.’
    • ‘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.’
    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).