ico·​nol·​o·​gy ˌī-kə-ˈnä-lə-jē How to pronounce iconology (audio)
: the study of icons or artistic symbolism
iconological adjective

Word History


French iconologie, from icono- icon- + -logie -logy

First Known Use

circa 1736, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of iconology was circa 1736

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Cite this Entry

“Iconology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/iconology. Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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