Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small molded or sculptured figure; a statuette.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small carved or molded figure; a statuette.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A very small figure, whether human or of an animal; especially, one in terra cotta or the like; -- distinguished from statuette, which is applied to small figures in bronze, marble, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A figure, or group of figures, in any material, small and of ornamental character; specifically, such a figure in pottery or metal-work.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a small carved or molded figure

Etymologies

French, from Italian figurina, diminutive of figura, figure, from Latin figūra; see figure.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • The figurine, which is the only one of its kind ever seen in this region, apparently was brought into the region by traveling merchants, according to the archaeologists.

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