Definition of caryatid noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌkæriˈætɪd//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌkæriˈætɪd//
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a statue of a female figure used as a supporting pillar in a building Word Originmid 16th cent.: via French and Italian from Latin caryatides, from Greek karuatides, plural of karuatis ‘priestess of Artemis at Caryae’, from Karuai (Caryae) in Laconia (a modern department and ancient region of Greece).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: caryatid