daguerreotype

noun

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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The discovery of a daguerreotype purportedly showing Joseph Smith has spurred questions: What did the church founder really look like? David Noyce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 29 Sep. 2022 Historians will likely be debating the Larsen daguerreotype for many years. The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 Sep. 2022 The show includes four images of Frederick Douglass, including a daguerreotype made around 1855 by an unknown photographer and one by B.F. Smith and Son of Portland, Maine, from 1864. Judith H. Dobrzynski, WSJ, 26 Aug. 2022 Treasured daguerreotype was found in a descendant’s locket. The Salt Lake Tribune, 21 July 2022 The daguerreotype wouldn’t be the right period for Frederick. The Salt Lake Tribune, 1 Aug. 2022 Latter-day Saint historian Benjamin Park leans toward seeing the Mormon prophet in the daguerreotype’s image. Peggy Fletcher Stack, The Salt Lake Tribune, 29 July 2022 Lachlan Mackay, a Community of Christ apostle who directs that church’s historic sites in Nauvoo, Ill., and another descendant of Smith, helped analyze the locket, trace its ownership, and research the daguerreotype’s likely history. The Salt Lake Tribune, 27 July 2022 This led to the invention of the daguerreotype, the first form of photography with practical exposure times. Jacob Livesay, USA TODAY, 14 June 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1839, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of daguerreotype was in 1839

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Cite this Entry

“Daguerreotype.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/daguerreotype. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

daguerreotype

noun

da·​guerre·​o·​type də-ˈger-(ē-)ō-ˌtīp How to pronounce daguerreotype (audio)
: an early photograph produced on a metal plate

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