cal·​o·​type ˈka-lə-ˌtīp How to pronounce calotype (audio)
: a photographic process by which a large number of prints could be produced from a paper negative
also : a positive print so made

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Daguerreotypes were unique artefacts; Talbot’s calotype was a paper negative that could yield any number of positive copies. The Economist, 2 June 2018

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Word History


Greek kalos beautiful + -type (as in daguerreotype)

First Known Use

1841, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of calotype was in 1841

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“Calotype.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2023.

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