• WordNet 3.6
    • n caryatid a supporting column carved in the shape of a person
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Caryatid (Arch) A draped female figure supporting an entablature, in the place of a column or pilaster.
    • a Caryatid Of or pertaining to a caryatid.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n caryatid pl. caryatids, caryatides (-idz, -i-dēz). In architecture, a figure of a woman dressed in long robes, serving as a column to support an entablature or to fill any other office of a column. Vitruvius relates that the city of Caryæ sided with the Persians after the battle of Thermopylæ, and that it was on this account sacked by the other Greeks, who took the women captive, and to perpetuate this event erected trophies in which figures of women dressed in the Caryatic manner were used to support entablatures. This story is probably imaginary, but no doubt the name and perhaps the idea of the caryatids were derived from Caryæ.
    • caryatid Pertaining to or of the form of a caryatid; caryatic.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Caryatid kar-i-at′id a female figure used instead of a column to support an entablature
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Caryatides
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. Karyatides.


In literature:

We are the Caryatides, rearing up the entablature of the temple of liberty we are never allowed to enter.
"History of Woman Suffrage, Volume II"
There are two beautiful caryatides by Vittoria and rich mural work by Battista Franco and De Moro.
"Italy, the Magic Land" by Lilian Whiting
On one side was a bookcase supported by caryatides.
"The Paliser case" by Edgar Saltus
Caryatid figures support this order also, turbaned and clothed with tunic and cloak.
"The Shores of the Adriatic" by F. Hamilton Jackson
The Caryatides as we looked at them awhile ago appeared gigantic in size, but they are only eight feet in height.
"A Trip to the Orient" by Robert Urie Jacob
On the exterior wall one sees the pagan idea of caryatides carried out with Christian symbols, two figures of angels.
"The Cathedrals and Churches of the Rhine" by Francis Miltoun
But such sustaining power, so applied, is like figures of caryatides supporting some poor decadent frieze.
"The Galaxy, June 1877" by Various
Like a sorrowful Caryatid it stands erect under the burden of the sky.
"Seeds of Pine" by Janey Canuck
Caryatid in the Hermitage, 48.
"Michelangelo" by Romain Rolland
The term might well be applied to the Caryatide figures of the Erechtheum.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 2" by Various
At the south-west angle was the well-known portico or tribune of the Caryatides.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 4" by Various
The caryatides supporting the ebony canopy likewise appeared imbued with life.
"The Gateless Barrier" by Lucas Malet
It stood probably in the portico and may have served as a Caryatid.
"Problems in Periclean Buildings" by G. W. Elderkin
There were gold ornaments on every side, elaborate moldings, caryatids and immense mirrors.
"The Enemies of Women" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
In a moment the two stood in the great gallery, above the Salle des Caryatides.
"Historical Romances: Under the Red Robe, Count Hannibal, A Gentleman of France" by Stanley J. Weyman
There are six of these caryatids, or maidens, standing upon a high parapet of marble and supporting a marble roof.
"The Near East" by Robert Hichens
The corners of the key-board are adorned with caryatides finely carved in box-wood.
"Musical Myths and Facts, Volume I (of 2)" by Carl Engel
The bas-reliefs, statues, caryatides, roof and basement, glittered with a waste of this precious metal.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, No. VII, December 1850, Vol. II" by Various
Caryatides at the sides form a frame for the plate.
"Book-Plates" by William J. Hardy
Then in the angles are eight caryatides of massive silver, representing his virtues.
"Over the Ocean" by Curtis Guild

In poetry:

'And you became as his wife?' — 'I did.' —
He stood as stiff as a caryatid,
And said, 'Indeed!…
No matter. You're mine, whatever you've hid!'
"A Conversation At Dawn" by Thomas Hardy

In news:

The Elegua Duo performing Chris Porter's Caryatid .
Old Forge, NY, Jul 11, 2010 — The Elegua Duo, Pianist Claire Black (from Long Lake) and Cellist Ginevra Ventre, performing Caryatid by Chris Porter at A Cabin in the Woods in Old Forge, NY.
Archeologist unravels the ancient hairdos of the Caryatids.
Like an other worldly security detail, 15-foot-tall winged caryatids guard each of the four external corners of a penthouse apartment in lower Manhattan.
The intricate hairstyles of the caryatids on the Erechtheion temple in Athens were recreated on the heads of six Fairfield University students.