Meaning of “caricature” in the English Dictionary

"caricature" in British English

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caricaturenoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˈkær.ɪ.kə.tʃʊər/ us /ˈker.ə.kə.tʃʊr/

(the art of making) a drawing or written or spoken description of someone that usually makes them look silly by making part of their appearance or character more noticeable than it really is:

The characters in his early novels are a lot subtler than the overblown caricatures in his more recent work.
figurative Over the years he's become a grotesque caricature of himself.

caricatureverb [ T ]

uk /ˈkær.ɪ.kə.tʃʊər/ us /ˈker.ə.kə.tʃʊr/
caricaturist
noun [ C ] uk /ˌkær.ɪ.kəˈtʃʊə.rɪst/ us /ˌker.ə.kəˈtʃʊr.ɪst/

a person who creates caricatures

(Definition of “caricature” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"caricature" in American English

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caricaturenoun [ C/U ]

us /ˈkær·ɪ·kəˌtʃʊər, -tʃər/

a drawing or a written or spoken description that makes part of someone's appearance or character more noticeable than it really is, or the skill of doing this:

[ C ] I saw a wonderful caricature of the president in the newspaper.

caricatureverb [ T ]

us /ˈkær·ɪ·kəˌtʃʊər, -tʃər/

to show or describe a person in a ridiculous way:

It’s so easy to caricature politicians.

(Definition of “caricature” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)