hieroglyph

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noun hi·ero·glyph \ˈhī-(ə-)rə-ˌglif\

Definition of hieroglyph

  1. 1 :  a character used in a system of hieroglyphic writing

  2. 2 :  something that resembles a hieroglyph

Origin and Etymology of hieroglyph

French hiéroglyphe, from Medieval French, back-formation from hieroglyphique


First Known Use: 1598


HIEROGLYPH Defined for English Language Learners

hieroglyph

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noun hi·ero·glyph \ˈhī-(ə-)rə-ˌglif\

Definition of hieroglyph for English Language Learners

  • : a written character that looks like a picture : a character used in hieroglyphics


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