caryatid[kar′ē at′id, kə rī′ə tid′]
nounpl. car·y·at·ids or car·y·at·i·des Architecture
Origin of caryatidFrom 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 , car′y·at′i·de′an , car′y·a·tid′ic
Porch of the Caryatids at the Erechtheum at the Acropolis
From Middle French cariatide, from Latin caryatides, from Ancient Greek Καρυάτιδες (Karuatides), plural of Καρυᾶτις (Karuatis, “a priestess of Artemis, female figures used as bearing-shafts”), from Καρυατίζω (Karuatizo, “dance the Karyatid festival dance”) from Καρύαι (Karuai, “a town in Laconia with a temple of Artemis and a festival”)