Definition of waxwork in US English:



  • 1A lifelike dummy modeled in wax.

    • ‘The game show hostess with the acid tongue was ‘delighted’ at her inclusion in the original London exhibition - and even provided one of her TV outfits for the waxwork, which it still wears.’
    • ‘Unrecognizable under layers of garish makeup, Voight at times looks like a moving, talking waxwork.’
    • ‘And now we have a Robbie Williams waxwork that has ‘real chest hair’ and ‘a twinkle in his eye, activated with hidden sensors’.’
    • ‘One third of the waxworks in the exhibition hall have been damaged because of years of being touched or climbed upon by visitors.’
    • ‘The singer was speaking at the unveiling of a waxwork model of himself at Madam Tussaud's in London.’
    • ‘It's there in the lyrics of Christina Aguilera, the styling of Britney Spears and even the poses of mannequins in Madame Tussaud's (where a waxwork of Kylie Minogue depicts her on all fours with her bottom poking into the air).’
    • ‘The couple will have to hold their pose for up to three hours while they are studied for the waxwork figures.’
    • ‘In a row of glass cases, waxwork tableaux of Victorian surgeons are shown lopping off limbs while their patients are forcibly restrained.’
    • ‘Yes, the new Robbie Williams waxwork is just like the real thing.’
    • ‘He looked like a Russian waxwork, but wasn't as large in the flesh as you'd imagine.’
    • ‘Visitors to Madame Tussaud's are impressed with how eerily lifelike the new Robbie Williams waxwork looks.’
    • ‘Going to investigate, we're confronted with a man in a bowler hat and suit sitting at a keyboard looking rather like a waxwork.’
    • ‘Britney Spears will give a deliberately dull performance when Madame Tussaud's museum unveils a new waxwork of the pop starlet as part of a new collection.’
    • ‘Numerous small theatres throughout Salem re-enact episodes from the witch trial hysteria while waxwork displays in creepy dungeons capture the key moments.’
    • ‘Ms Ni, a representative of the hall, told the Youth Daily that the cost of repairing dozens of damaged waxworks was extremely high as each wax figure was worth 80,000 yuan.’
    • ‘Not many people can boast of having their own waxwork in a museum, but New Addington resident Nan Jenkins is just one person immortalised in the Lifetimes exhibition.’
    • ‘Here is the story of Kaiser Wilhelm's holiday in a small Welsh spa town shortly before the outbreak of the Great War, and of the Welsh waxwork museum largely peopled by countless effigies of Prince Philip discarded by Madame Tussaud's.’
    1. 1.1waxworksBritish treated as singular An exhibition of wax dummies.
      ‘no waxworks is complete without its chamber of horrors’
      • ‘If your Blackpool travel experience involves children, Louis Tussaud's waxworks is a nice place for taking them out.’
      • ‘Madame Tussaud's waxworks has been exhibiting a Nativity scene that depicts the footballer David Beckham as Joseph and his popstar wife, Victoria, as the Virgin Mary.’
      • ‘An astonishing 500 million people have visited the world-famous waxworks since it was founded in the early 19th century.’
      • ‘He helped create and expand the Bastille legend, exhibiting in his waxworks insurgents, released prisoners, and a model of the fortress, carved from its ‘last’ stone.’