Definition of “sculpture” - English Dictionary

“sculpture” in British English

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sculpturenoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˈskʌlp.tʃər/ us /ˈskʌlp.tʃɚ/

B1 the art of forming solid objects that represent a thing, person, idea, etc. out of a material such as wood, clay, metal, or stone, or an object made in this way:

Tom teaches sculpture at the local art school.
The museum has several life-sized sculptures of people and animals.

More examples

  • This 25-foot-high sculpture is her latest creation.
  • There's a new exhibition of sculpture on at the city gallery.
  • This sculpture must be centuries old.
  • For many years the sculpture was incorrectly thought to be by Donatello.
  • The museum has been heavily criticized over its acquisition of the four-million-dollar sculpture.
adjective uk /ˈskʌlp.tʃə.rəl/ us /ˈskʌlp.tʃɚ.rəl/ specialized

Her delicate sculptural pieces (= works of art) are now selling in the USA and Japan.

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

“sculpture” in American English

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sculpturenoun [ C/U ]

us /ˈskʌlp·tʃər/

art the art of creating objects out of material such as wood, clay, metal, or stone, or a work of art of this type:

[ C ] In the ruins they found ancient stone sculptures.
verb [ T ] us /skʌlpt/ also sculpture, /ˈskʌlp·tʃər/

Picasso sculpted the "Venus of Lapigue."
adjective us /ˈskʌlp·təd/ also sculptured, /ˈskʌlp·tʃərd/

Dramatically sculpted red and gray sandstone cliffs came into view.

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