ico·​nic·​i·​ty | \ ˌī-kə-ˈni-sə-tē How to pronounce iconicity (audio) \

Definition of iconicity

: correspondence between form and meaning the iconicity of the Roman numeral III

Examples of iconicity in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web All this art, like an NFT, removes the iconicity of touch, tactility, familiar expressiveness. Jerry Saltz, Vulture, 15 Apr. 2021 Comparing and contrasting is the foundation of Art History 101, and the Brooklyn Museum’s pairing does draw forth some of David’s themes: iconicity and masculinity, empire and conquest. Jason Farago, New York Times, 12 Feb. 2020 To borrow from Beyoncé (herself no stranger to musicals and iconicity), Rodarte trades in both sweet dreams and beautiful nightmares. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, 8 Mar. 2019 That fading of the skin makes her subjects seem dreamy, almost mythological, as opposed to Wiley’s iconicity. Josephine Livingstone, New Republic, 12 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of iconicity

1946, in the meaning defined above

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20 Apr 2021

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“Iconicity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/iconicity. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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