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 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, "The Cross-Country Skier Jessie Diggins Makes History in a Year of COVID-19 and Climate Change," 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, "Fact check: Barack Obama, not John Hanson, was the first Black U.S. president," 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, "Don’t say 'cheese': Why people never seemed to smile in old photographs," 27 Sep. 2020 Your photograph is a daguerreotype, an example of the first commercially photographic process, and dates from the 1850s. oregonlive, "Gallery sign, daguerreotype have special places in history," 2 Oct. 2020 Slowly the era is pieced together in lavish detail, through histories of the daguerreotype and reconstructions of the daily lives of the subjects. Parul Sehgal, New York Times, "The First Photos of Enslaved People Raise Many Questions About the Ethics of Viewing," 29 Sep. 2020 His partner Louis Daguerre refined the chemistry and in 1839 introduced the daguerreotype, with an exposure time of 15 minutes. Karina Bland, The Arizona Republic, "Don’t say 'cheese': Why people never seemed to smile in old photographs," 27 Sep. 2020 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

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/daguerreotype. Accessed 12 May. 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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