from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An exhibition of waxwork figures; a wax museum.
  • n. Plural form of waxwork.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • An exhibition of wax figures, or the place of exhibition.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • "It's my belief," she reproached him, "you brought me here out of stinginess, pretending not to notice when we passed the waxworks, which is only tuppence, and real murderers with their chests a-rising an 'fallin', as Maria's young man treated her to a last Regatta; an '

    The Mayor of Troy

  • The Faith Links section includes visits to such roadside attractions as The Living Bible Museum, home of the world's most horrific waxworks, and there's an article explaining why vajazzling is "the newest threat to your college son".

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  • Having apologised for any offence caused, Tussauds continued on the subject of interacting with the waxworks: "We absolutely defend the right of our visitors to make such choices for themselves, as long as they behave themselves responsibly."

    We've always found Hitler hilarious – the alternative is much more odious | David Mitchell

  • The world's most famous collection of wickless candles announced: "We proactively encourage our visitors to interact with the waxworks should they so choose."

    We've always found Hitler hilarious – the alternative is much more odious | David Mitchell

  • "Appalling old waxworks," he called the new Chinese masters.

    Hong Kong: The Sky Unlimited

  • This time around Sir Peter Blake is presenting his collection of ephemera, from Elvis-branded condoms to Sonny Liston waxworks, alongside a Victorian marvel, Mr Potter's Museum Of Curiosities, marrying the cute with the macabre.

    This week's new exhibitions

  • After months of subjecting myself to waxworks exhibitions, "destination" shopping malls and Britain's only museum of creationism, however, I realised that documenting the very worst that Britain has to offer was a job too big for one man.

    Where not to spend your bank holiday: a guide to Britain's worst days out

  • Last fall, one of these waxworks, "Untitled Candle," sold at Sotheby's for $1 million.

    Hey There! Big Bear to Visit Park Avenue

  • This new show, a highlight of Chelsea Theatre's current Sacred programme of work by US and UK-based artists, features music by Rasp Thorne and focuses on the politics and history of waxworks and human anatomy exhibitions, with everything from Madame Tussauds to Bodyworlds referenced with Carnesky's eye for detail.

    This week's new events

  • Her characters patrol the hallways of the museum, haunting its arboretums, lecture halls, menageries and aquariums, creeping among its waxworks, scientific-ish dioramas and oddball memorabilia.

    Ellen Bryson's "The Transformation of Bartholomew Fortuno," about P.T. Barnum


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  • "Italians are fond of waxworks, Majesty. – Our religion is largely based upon them."
    –Salieri (Amadeus, Peter Shaffer)

    April 19, 2008