noun \ˈglif\

Definition of GLYPH

:  an ornamental vertical groove especially in a Doric frieze
:  a symbolic figure or a character (as in the Mayan system of writing) usually incised or carved in relief
:  a symbol (as a curved arrow on a road sign) that conveys information nonverbally
glyph·ic \ˈgli-fik\ adjective

Examples of GLYPH

  1. <a rock inscribed with mysterious glyphs that some have speculated as being of Norse origin>

Origin of GLYPH

Greek glyphē carved work, from glyphein to carve — more at cleave
First Known Use: 1775


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