Definition of statuesque in US English:

statuesque

adjective

  • (especially of a woman) attractively tall and dignified.

    ‘her statuesque beauty’
    • ‘And whilst she was statuesque, her body was fully in proportion, slim and shapely, moulded by a carefully understated outfit.’
    • ‘Decked out in psychedelic dusters or classic Carnaby Street fashions, she was statuesque and enigmatic, a combination of cool and casual that balanced out well with the mournful classics she crooned.’
    • ‘A statuesque beauty beamed back from the pages.’
    • ‘She's playing chic, statuesque Jacqueline, whose 25th anniversary as the doyenne of restaurateurs on the St Tropez waterfront is marked by the presentation of a bouquet: a case of Goodyear for the roses.’
    • ‘Maria, a tall and statuesque young woman with enchanting eyes and incredible ebony legs, takes me to her hairdresser's house.’
    • ‘Despite advancing years and a little infirmity - the statuesque Lady Healey was on crutches recently after a knee operation - her ‘eternal summer’ has not faded.’
    • ‘You see freckles and gaucherie; I see statuesque beauty, and the intense attraction of a fiery temperament.’
    • ‘If her rituals or gris-gris didn't work, Marie (who was a statuesque woman, to say the least) met them in the street and physically beat them.’
    • ‘Tall and statuesque with a thick mane of aspirin-white hair, she still radiates the famous beauty of earlier years.’
    • ‘She was a tall, statuesque woman with sleek black hair worn on top of her head, flashing black eyes, a smooth tan complexion and she wore a flashing red silk early 19th century gown.’
    • ‘She confirms the theory that the shape of the loaf, suggesting a statuesque matron, gave the bread its name and that the fluted tube pan used resembles the skirt of a peasant woman.’
    • ‘He charged down the soft dry sand until he was right beside the statuesque girl and puffed out his chest comically.’
    • ‘Similar in height to his friend, the two paled in comparison to height of their third companion, a tall statuesque woman with whom black was a predominant color.’
    • ‘The guests needed little reminding as the statuesque bride proved utterly captivating.’
    • ‘But archaeologists who worked on the extraordinary excavation in East Yorkshire that revealed a rare Iron Age chariot buried with the skeleton of a statuesque woman, are urging caution.’
    • ‘He met his wife, Anne Hart, a tall, statuesque, brunette singer, at Winston's.’
    • ‘Of the dancers, statuesque Katherine Fricker seems to shine particularly, but there are other very talented dancers in the troupe of 60 that make up the show.’
    • ‘My grandmother, who had been widowed many years before, was a tall, statuesque woman with a kind and gentle face and manner.’
    • ‘I love clothes - and the fair trade ones often are very expensive, and not designed for, erm, statuesque women.’
    • ‘When the smoke cleared, Queen Rizor and Queen La Faye stood, tall, elegant, statuesque, where the fireworks had been.’
    tall and dignified, imposing, striking, stately, majestic, noble, magnificent, splendid, impressive, regal, well proportioned, handsome, beautiful
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Origin

Late 18th century: from statue, on the pattern of picturesque.

Pronunciation

statuesque

/ˌstætʃəˈwɛsk//ˌstaCHəˈwesk/