Madame Tussaud's

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

After Marie Tussaud (1761-1850), known for sculpting human figures in wax.

Noun[edit]

Madame Tussaud's

  1. A gallery of realistic figures of famous persons.
    • 1851, John Delaware Lewis, Across the Atlantic, page 26:
      The vestibule or entrance hall is a Madame Tussaud's on a small scale, containing the trial of Christ, the Siamese-twins, St. Paul incarcerated
    • 1885, Gilbert & Sullivan, The Mikado:
      The amateur tenor, whose vocal villainies / All desire to shirk, / Shall during off-hours, / Exhibit his powers / To Madame Tussaud's waxwork.
    • 1896, Halliwell Sutcliffe, , page 73:
      .... the other consisted of a Madame Tussaud's galaxy of lay figures, with straw-colored hair and waxy, pink- and-white cheeks.

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