(redirected from caryatids)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia.


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
References in periodicals archive ?
Of course, there's always more to humanism in architecture than Greek caryatids or gargoyles or hand-hewn elements.
The brilliant red roses amidst golden caryatids brought back memories of the Golden Concert Hall at the Musikverein in Vienna.
Cloaked in a shell of tiered bronze, called the 'Corona' by its architects, the building--designed by Freelon Adjaye Bond with the Smith Group (FAB/S), alongside design lead David Adjaye--evokes West African caryatids, as well as the intricate iron work of black craftsmen from Charleston and New Orleans (Fig.
The southwest corner porch is supported by six giant female statues called caryatids.
Mae'r adeilad yma yn dyddio o amser Elisabeth y cyntaf ac mae'n llawn trysorau fel y murlun yn clodfori Robert Wynn a'n dangos Caryatids merched Groegaidd hanner noeth ym mhob man yn y ty.
and both COBOL applications developed based on an automatic programming (Agl) Caryatids - CEP (Collection of Public Savings)- CIC (Centralization Image vouchers).
000, a neo-classical instrument for the 21st century, is inspired by two instruments that were created for the 1867 World Exhibition in Paris and by the gold caryatids of the Musikverein, as well as from the Grosser piano, making it a truly golden wonder.
The massive complex, with sphinxes, an impressive mosaic and two finely sculpted, seven-foot female statues called caryatids, was too luxurious to be financed by a single person and was likely the tomb of a "prominent person," the lead excavator, Katerina Peristeri, said in a statement.
When I close my eyes and think of this collection, I see myself in captivating Baalbek, surrounded by caryatids, feathered like doves, ushering guests into their millennial temple.
Since then the tomb has also yielded a colourful floor mosaic depicting the abduction of Persephone, the daughter of Zeus, the supreme deity of ancient Greece, as well as two sculpted female figures known as Caryatids.
Half Doric half Corinthian columns, dwarf Ionic columns, cement caryatids, timid copies and decadent versions of Vignola built by any number of overseers, contributing to the extension of the city at the end of the nineteenth century.
Sculpted of abstract oblongs that particularly recall the series of caryatids that Modigliani executed between 1912 and 1914 (Modigliani 2005, 105-114) and to a lesser extent the work of Matisse, Lin's figure paintings can be sinuously rhythmic and sensual, but their appeal, measured by the hundreds of thousands they fetch at auction, probably has more to do with their au courant integration of Chinese and Western elements, and with their bright, flat, forthright surfaces, which make them accessible and decorative.