ideography

noun

ide·​og·​ra·​phy ˌi-dē-ˈä-grə-fē How to pronounce ideography (audio)
ˌī-
1
: the use of ideograms
2
: the representation of ideas by graphic symbols

Examples of ideography in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Only male aristocrats had the leisure, means and authority to learn and use Chinese ideography. Christopher Knight, latimes.com, 29 June 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1846, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of ideography was circa 1846

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“Ideography.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ideography. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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