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

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 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 Philadelphian Robert Cornelius’s self-portrait, made just months after Louis Daguerre announced his daguerreotype photographic process — and more than 150 years before the debut of the iPhone. Washington Post, 28 Apr. 2022 The daguerreotype, on the other hand, naively reproduced every pore that met its lens. Susan Tallman, The New York Review of Books, 19 Aug. 2021 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 See More

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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 18 Aug. 2022.

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