statuesque

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French statuesque, from statue +‎ -esque.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /statjʊˈɛsk/, /statʃʊˈɛsk/

Adjective[edit]

statuesque (comparative more statuesque, superlative most statuesque)

  1. Resembling or characteristic of a statue. [from 18th c.]
    • 1863, Sheridan Le Fanu, The House by the Churchyard:
      He was by no means a bad hero to look at, if such a thing were needed. His face was pale, melancholy, statuesque—and his large enthusiastic eyes, suggested a story and a secret—perhaps a horror.
  2. (of a woman) Elegantly tall, graceful, and attractive. [from 19th c.]
    Christy Turlington is a statuesque supermodel famous for her fashion ads.

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