ideogram

noun
ideo·​gram | \ ˈi-dē-ə-ˌgram How to pronounce ideogram (audio) , ˈī- \

Definition of ideogram

1 : a picture or symbol used in a system of writing to represent a thing or an idea but not a particular word or phrase for it especially : one that represents not the object pictured but some thing or idea that the object pictured is supposed to suggest
2 : logogram

Other Words from ideogram

ideogramic or ideogrammic \ ˌi-​dē-​ə-​ˈgra-​mik How to pronounce ideogram (audio) , ˌī-​ \ adjective
ideogrammatic \ ˌi-​dē-​ō-​grə-​ˈma-​tik How to pronounce ideogram (audio) , ˌī-​ \ adjective

Examples of ideogram in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web However, using numbers is not allowed under those rules, and using pictures, like an emoji or ideogram, in a name is expressly forbidden. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, 26 May 2020 Much like the previous set introduced last year, Emoji 13.0 promotes inclusion and diversity, with ideograms of gender-neutral brides and grooms, Santa Claus, and bottle-feeding parents in various skin tones. cleveland, 30 Jan. 2020 Luxurious hotels, casinos, and nightclubs merge with gray buildings, European remains, and Taoist temples, in a city full of ideogram signs, and unmistakable smells and sounds. Popular Science, 21 Jan. 2020 Spanish filled the airwaves; the ideograms and characters of Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, and other Asian languages covered the store signs, sparking an angry nativist movement. Héctor Tobar, The New Yorker, 22 July 2019 Derived from an ancient African writing system, the ideograms are an Ekpuk trademark. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 13 June 2019 And while there are tiny web and smartphones ideograms for everything from soup to nuts, there are very few that are specifically Jewish. Marcy Oster, sun-sentinel.com, 5 June 2019 Emojis might be connected in some respects to Egyptian hieroglyphs or Chinese ideograms. Crispin Sartwell, WSJ, 22 Sep. 2017 The emoji is heir to a tradition of pictographic writing stretching back millennia to Egyptian hieroglyphics and the ideograms used to write Chinese and Japanese. Washington Post, 21 Sep. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of ideogram

1838, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Ideogram.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ideogram. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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