noun pic·ture \ˈpik-chər\

: a painting, drawing, or photograph of someone or something

: an idea of how something or someone looks, of what something is like, etc.

: a general situation

Full Definition of PICTURE

:  a design or representation made by various means (as painting, drawing, or photography)
a :  a description so vivid or graphic as to suggest a mental image or give an accurate idea of something <the book gives a detailed picture of what is happening>
b :  a mental image
:  image, copy <he was the picture of his father> <she was the very picture of health>
a :  a transitory visible image or reproduction
b :  motion picture
c plural :  movies
:  tableau 2
:  situation <took a hard look at his financial picture>

Examples of PICTURE

  1. I hung the picture on the wall.
  2. The book has a lot of pictures.
  3. Draw a picture of your house.
  4. The staff looked at the financial picture of the company.
  5. The overall economic picture is improving.

Origin of PICTURE

Middle English, from Latin pictura, from pictus, past participle of pingere to paint — more at paint
First Known Use: 15th century

Other Fine Arts Terms

Gothic, baroque, bas-relief, limn, oeuvre, pastiche, rococo, sfumato

Rhymes with PICTURE



: to have a thought, understanding, or idea about (something or someone)

: to show or represent (someone or something) in a painting, drawing, or photograph

: to describe (something or someone) in a particular way

pic·turedpic·tur·ing \ˈpik-chə-riŋ, ˈpik-shriŋ\

Full Definition of PICTURE

transitive verb
:  to paint or draw a representation, image, or visual conception of :  depict; also :  illustrate
:  to describe graphically in words
:  to form a mental image of :  imagine

Examples of PICTURE

  1. I can still picture the house I grew up in.
  2. I can't picture changing jobs at this point in my life.
  3. Picture what it would be like if you didn't own a car.
  4. Can you picture him as a teacher?

First Known Use of PICTURE

15th century


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