Meaning of figural in English:


Pronunciation /ˈfɪɡjʊrəl/


another term for figurative
‘Fading in and out of these plasterlike surfaces are Lee's personal hieroglyphs of drawn and painted figural and insect forms.’
  • ‘Sears continued to win significant prizes for her figural work throughout the decade, but she also began to turn her attention toward another mode of artistic expression-photography.’
  • ‘In this case, internal evidence indicates that the writing, ornament, and figural paintings were all executed by a single hand.’
  • ‘These objects were often decorated with figural motifs including dancing maidens, birds, or baskets of flowers.’
  • ‘Historically, highlands people did little figural carving, though bows and arrows carved with small geometric motifs were common.’


Late Middle English from Old French, or from late Latin figuralis, from figura ‘form, shape’ (see figure).