da·​guerre·​o·​type | \ də-ˈger-ō-ˌtīp How to pronounce daguerreotype (audio) , -ˈger-ə-; -ˈge-rō-, -rə- also də-ˈger-ē-ō-ˌtīp, -ˈger-ē- \

Definition of daguerreotype

: an early photograph produced on a silver or a silver-covered copper plate also : the process of producing such photographs

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Other Words from daguerreotype

daguerreotype transitive verb
daguerreotypist \ də-​ˈger-​ō-​ˌtī-​pist How to pronounce daguerreotype (audio) , -​ˈger-​ə-​ ; -​ˈge-​rō-​ , -​rə-​ also  də-​ˈger-​ē-​ō-​ˌtī-​ , -​ˈger-​ē-​ \ noun
daguerreotypy \ də-​ˈger-​ō-​ˌtī-​pē How to pronounce daguerreotype (audio) , -​ˈger-​ə-​ ; -​ˈge-​rō-​ , -​rə-​ also  də-​ˈger-​ē-​ō-​ˌtī-​ , -​ˈger-​ē-​ \ noun

Examples of daguerreotype in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Although he was best known as a painter, Close’s practice also included drawing, collage, daguerreotype and Polaroid photography, printmaking, and tapestries. Marley Mariu, Vogue, 19 Aug. 2021 Catherine Opie’s work is intentionally unfocused; Binh Danh prints photos of RVs on silver daguerreotype plates; David Benjamin Sherry renders Monument Valley in neon blue. oregonlive, 10 May 2021 Then there’s a lovely dissolve to a formal daguerreotype of Conan with his team, the Wabash Mashers. Ramsey Ess, Vulture, 24 June 2021 And someone must have a portrait or a daguerreotype. Washington Post, 26 May 2021 A century after daguerreotype, Walter Benjamin began contemplating the effects of ‘mechanical reproduction’ on art. Matthew Carey Salyer, Forbes, 13 May 2021 The end of a race routinely features skiers sprawled in the snow just across the finish line, chests heaving—the scene looks less like a sporting event than a daguerreotype of a battlefield. Bill Mckibben, The New Yorker, 12 Mar. 2021 Working with the America Colonization Society in the late 1850s, a Black photographer named Augustus Washington captured portraits of Liberia’s emigrants, including a daguerreotype of Hanson. Brian Gordon, USA TODAY, 1 Apr. 2014 In the 1850s, a daguerreotype cost 25 to 50 cents for a tiny photograph and $2 for a medium-sized portrait. Karina Bland, The Arizona Republic, 27 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of daguerreotype

1839, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for daguerreotype

French daguerréotype, from L. J. M. Daguerre + French -o- + type

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“Daguerreotype.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/daguerreotype. Accessed 17 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of daguerreotype

: an old type of photograph that was made on a piece of silver or a piece of copper covered in silver

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