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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fig-yer-uh l]
    • /ˈfɪg yər əl/
    • /fˈɪɡjʊrəl/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fig-yer-uh l]
    • /ˈfɪg yər əl/

Definitions of figural word

  • adjective figural consisting of figures, especially human or animal figures: the figural representations contained in ancient wall paintings. 1
  • noun figural (in postmodernist writing) relating to or denoting a form of signification that relies on imagery and association rather than on rational and linguistic concepts. 1
  • adjective figural composed of or relating to human or animal figures 0
  • adjective figural of or made up of human or animal figures, as a painting; representational 0
  • adjective figural Representing by means of a figure; emblematic. 0
  • adjective figural Figurative, not literal. 0

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Origin of figural

First appearance:

before 1400
One of the 24% oldest English words
1400-50; late Middle English < Late Latin figūrālis, equivalent to Latin figūra figure + -ālis -al1

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Figural


figural popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 83% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
According to our data about 63% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

figural usage trend in Literature

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