am·​bro·​type ˈam-brə-ˌtīp How to pronounce ambrotype (audio)
: a positive picture made of a photographic negative on glass backed by a dark surface

Examples of ambrotype in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web During our tour of the collection, Harvey singles out her favorite: a lapel pin with an ambrotype of a young, goateed Black man in a suit. Richard Grant, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 June 2023 Davis, who would not comment when reached by The Associated Press, alleges in court papers that his ex-wife stole the ambrotype and sold it to Spolar. David Bauder, Star Tribune, 1 Oct. 2020 This facial tattoo, applied with cactus ink, is just discernible in the exhibition ambrotype, which is among the National Portrait Gallery’s most recent acquisitions. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, 9 July 2019 Martin participated in the Cleveland Foundation's Creative Fusion trip to Cuba in January and created wet-plate tintypes and ambrotypes - both related to the collodion process - in Havana and Matanzas. Steven Litt,, 21 June 2017 An ambrotype is a photograph created on a glass plate that has been coated and sensitized in a chemical bath. Pete Brook, WIRED, 23 May 2014

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Word History


Greek ambrotos + English type

First Known Use

1854, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ambrotype was in 1854

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“Ambrotype.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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