Definition of statuette in English:

statuette

noun

  • A small statue or figurine, especially one that is smaller than life-size.

    • ‘The foreign and attractive objects Carpaccio portrays acquire an undeniable prestige, receiving the same precise treatment as the small bronze statuettes of Italian manufacture.’
    • ‘The iconography of the Liege statuette further refutes the notion that it could have been offered in atonement.’
    • ‘Marble building model with four square columns and four statuettes of female deities, from Hatra, second to third century A.D.’
    • ‘The small Greek figurines known as Tanagra statuettes were mass produced from moulds, and reproduce everyday life as well as copies of famous statues.’
    • ‘Some of the interesting works available at the exhibition are bronze statuettes inspired by the metal sculpting of the Gupta and Chola period and a Panchloha sculpture of Lord Krishna playing the flute.’
    • ‘Moore himself requested the loan of the statuette for his show at the Museum of Modern Art in 1946.’
    • ‘A bronze statuette of a Persian dancing boy with a high hat, long sleeves and pointed shoes also testifies to the ubiquity of foreign performers.’
    • ‘These call attention to tie fact that Frey's large sculptures often look like ordinary, blocky statuettes or cheap figurines that have been enlarged to humongous size.’
    • ‘The Queen was presented with a bronze statuette of a mines rescue worker and visited a memorial garden for those who died underground at the pit which was finally closed in 1993.’
    • ‘On show at the festival are leather goods, clay statuettes, wooden showpieces, handloom garments, jute bags, paper articles, metal crafts and so on.’
    • ‘Such photographs are thought to have spiritual powers and are sometimes placed in shrines, receiving offerings of food like the carved statuettes.’
    • ‘In a chapter about the origins of the griffin in classical thought, she describes a large collection of bronze griffin statuettes excavated from a sanctuary on Samos.’
    • ‘Stone carvings and marble statuettes from Uttar Pradesh are on display along with statues, hookahs and plates made of brass coated with enamel.’
    • ‘Forman has photographed all of the presidential statuettes from Washington through Nixon, though not all the images were exhibited.’
    • ‘The reduced-scale copies of statuettes featured in these early photographs reflect a growing bourgeois market for such things, and with it the commercialization of art making itself.’
    • ‘But in France silver statuettes are documented as having at least faces and hands painted, as distinct from being enamelled, from the early fourteenth century onwards.’
    • ‘You see a small statue based on Edgar Degas' ballet dancers, along with other statuettes and a huge poster of cave art from Lascaux, France.’
    • ‘Tradition requires the carver to give both statuettes the same facial features to emphasize the oneness in their twoness, even if the deceased twins were not identical.’
    • ‘The Quentin Foundation has assembled a topflight collection of renaissance and baroque bronze statuettes, including some of the boldest statements made by Mannerist and baroque sculptors.’
    • ‘Armies of gilded statuettes of saintly figures adorned little notches in the chiselled stone walls and framed iconographic pictures hung from any spaces which weren't already occupied.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: from French, diminutive of statue.

Pronunciation

statuette

/ˌstaCHəˈwet//ˌstætʃəˈwɛt/