daguerreotype

noun
da·​guerre·​o·​type | \də-ˈge-rō-ˌtīp, -rə-;-ˈger-ō-, -ə- also də-ˈge-rē-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 \-​ˌtī-​pist \ noun
daguerreotypy \-​ˌtī-​pē \ noun

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Such was the case with two 19th-century daguerreotypes housed at the National Gallery of Canada (NGC). Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Particle Accelerator Reveals Hidden Faces in Damaged 19th-Century Daguerreotype Portraits," 10 July 2018 The researchers’ findings offer a powerful tool for the study of daguerreotype photography. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Particle Accelerator Reveals Hidden Faces in Damaged 19th-Century Daguerreotype Portraits," 10 July 2018 Metal images tend to predominate in studies of early photography, thanks to their relative ubiquity, physical durability, and the literal brilliance of the daguerreotype and its homelier cousin the tintype. Mark Feeney, BostonGlobe.com, "At Yale: on the threshold and under the volcano," 6 July 2018 Winslow Homer was born shortly before the daguerreotype was introduced. WSJ, "Corrections & Amplifications," 11 July 2018 Kozachuk began her project with little hope, or even thought, of recovering the daguerreotypes. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Particle Accelerator Reveals Hidden Faces in Damaged 19th-Century Daguerreotype Portraits," 10 July 2018 The daguerreotype, metal, required a lengthy exposure time and took the form of an irreproducible positive image. Mark Feeney, BostonGlobe.com, "At Yale: on the threshold and under the volcano," 6 July 2018 As the United States expanded throughout the 19th century, and news of the Civil War racked the nation, there was a growing demand for images that were easy to reproduce and distribute — hence the turn from daguerreotypes to paper photography. Carolina A. Miranda, latimes.com, "Datebook: Baskets inspired by math, iconic Los Angeles images and photos of people getting expressive," 24 May 2018 The photography in the exhibit includes a diverse range of portraits, as well as social, political, business, geographical and scientific images, a picture of the United States from the daguerreotype to the digital age. Betsy Klein, CNN, "From Harriet Tubman to the Kennedys: Famous photos set for West Coast debut," 21 Apr. 2018

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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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The first known use of daguerreotype was in 1839

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daguerreotype

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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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