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n. pl. car·y·at·ids or car·y·at·i·des (-ĭ-dēz′) Architecture
A supporting column sculptured in the form of a draped female figure.

[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.]

car′y·at′i·dal (-ĭ-dəl), car′y·at′i·de′an (-ĭ-dē′ən), car′y·a·tid′ic (-ə-tĭd′ĭk) adj.


n, pl -ids or -ides (-ɪˌdiːz)
(Architecture) a column, used to support an entablature, in the form of a draped female figure. Compare telamon
[C16: from Latin Caryātides, from Greek Karuatides priestesses of Artemis at Karuai (Caryae), village in Laconia]
ˌcaryˈatidal, ˌcaryˌatiˈdean, ˌcaryˈatic, caryatidic adj


(ˌkær iˈæt ɪd)

n., pl. -ids, -i•des (-ɪˌdiz)
a sculptured female figure used as a column. Compare atlas (def. 4).
[1555–65; < Latin Caryātides]
car`y•at′i•dal, adj.


A female statue used as a column, as in an ancient Greek temple.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.caryatid - a supporting column carved in the shape of a personcaryatid - a supporting column carved in the shape of a person
pillar, column - (architecture) a tall vertical cylindrical structure standing upright and used to support a structure


[ˌkærɪˈætɪd] N (caryatids or caryatides (pl)) [ˌkærɪˈætɪdiːz]cariátide f


nKaryatide f
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