Figures of men, used in architecture instead of pillars. So called from Atlas, who in Greek mythology supported the world on his shoulders. Female figures are called Caryatides (q.v.). (See Telamones.)
(in Orlando Furioso). A sage and a magician who lived in an enchanted palace, and brought up Rogero to all manly virtues.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894