Statuary Stat"u*a*ry (-[asl]*r[y^]), n.; pl. {Statuaries} (-r[i^]z). [L. statuarius, n., fr. statuarius, a., of or belonging to statues, fr. statua statue: cf. F. statuaire. See {Statue}.] 1. One who practices the art of making statues. [1913 Webster]

On other occasions the statuaries took their subjects from the poets. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

2. [L. statuaria (sc. ars): cf. F. statuaire.] The art of carving statues or images as representatives of real persons or things; a branch of sculpture. --Sir W. Temple. [1913 Webster]

3. A collection of statues; statues, collectively. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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