from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Architecture A supporting column sculptured in the form of a draped female figure.
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- n. A sculpted female figure serving as an architectural element, used as a support for entablature.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A draped female figure supporting an entablature, in the place of a column or pilaster.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. pl. caryatids, caryatides (-idz, -i-dēz). In architecture, a figure of a woman dressed in long robes, serving as a column to support an entablature or to fill any other office of a column.
- Pertaining to or of the form of a caryatid; caryatic.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a supporting column carved in the shape of a person
From Latin Caryātides, caryatids, from Greek Karuātides, priestesses of Artemis at Caryae, caryatids, from Karuai, Caryae, a village of Laconia in southern Greece with a famous temple to Artemis.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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