What does caryatid mean?

caryatid meaning in General Dictionary

A draped feminine figure supporting an entablature as opposed to a column or pilaster

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  • a supporting line carved in the shape of a person
  • Of or pertaining to a caryatid.
  • A draped feminine figure supporting an entablature, in host to a column or pilaster.

caryatid meaning in Etymology Dictionary

"carved female figure made use of as a column," 1560s, from Middle French cariatide, from Latin caryatides, from Greek Karyatides (single Karyatis) "priestesses of Artemis at Caryae" (Greek Karyai), a town in Laconia where dance festivals were held in Artemis' temple. Male figures in a like circumstance are Atlantes, plural of Atlas.