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 daguerreotypist (audio) , -​ˈger-​ə-​ ; -​ˈge-​rō-​ , -​rə-​ also  də-​ˈger-​ē-​ō-​ˌtī-​ , -​ˈger-​ē-​ \ noun
daguerreotypy \ də-​ˈger-​ō-​ˌtī-​pē How to pronounce daguerreotypy (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 The restoration of the cathedral began a few years after the invention of the daguerreotype in 1839, and the images are some of the earliest ever taken of Paris. Elaine Sciolino, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Notre-Dame Crypt Reopens for the First Time Since the Fire," 9 Sep. 2020 Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission in 2019, this beautiful book honors the rich history of moon photography from rarely seen early daguerreotypes to contemporary art. Robert Frank, National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 24 Apr. 2020 Cutting-edge performance art and old daguerreotypes. New York Times, "Spring Shows to Keep Art Lovers Busy," 10 Mar. 2020 The majority of daguerreotypes produced in mid-19th century America were designed for private rather than public consumption. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "How the Camera Introduced Americans to Their Heroines," 9 July 2019 In a daguerreotype taken c. 1847, Granger is pictured wearing his workman's apron. CBS News, "Thomas Jefferson, architect," 18 Jan. 2020 Cowan’s, the auction house that sold the snapshot, had estimated the daguerreotype would fetch between $100,000 to $150,000. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "This May Be the Earliest Known Image of Enslaved Individuals With Cotton," 7 Dec. 2019 This more than 150-year-old quarter-plate daguerreotype was recently acquired by the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City, reports Maxwell Williams for artnet News. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "This May Be the Earliest Known Image of Enslaved Individuals With Cotton," 7 Dec. 2019 The photos, called daguerreotypes, were taken in a South Carolina studio in 1850. Nicole Soto, azcentral, "His wife discovered century-old photos of slaves. He carries on her legacy in Phoenix," 28 Oct. 2019

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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 27 Sep. 2020.

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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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