caryatid definition

  • noun:
    • Architecture A supporting line sculptured in the shape of a draped female figure.
    • A sculpted feminine figure providing as an architectural element, made use of as a support for entablature.
    • A draped female figure promoting an entablature, in place of a column or pilaster.
    • pl. caryatids, caryatides (-idz, -i-dēz). In architecture, a figure of a lady wearing lengthy robes, offering as a column to support an entablature or to fill any kind of company of a column.
    • a supporting column created in the form of someone
  • others:
    • with respect to or associated with type of a caryatid; caryatic.

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