Definition of illustration
2 : something that serves to illustrate: such asa : an example or instance that helps make something clearb : a picture or diagram that helps make something clear or attractive
illustrationalplay \ˌi-lə-ˈstrā-shnəl, -shə-nəl also i-ˌlə-\ adjective
Examples of illustration in a Sentence
The illustration on page 30 shows the parts of an engine.
a book with many photographs and illustrations
The illustrations that he provided in his speech were very effective.
They selected photographs to use for the illustration of the book.
Illustration is the key to good communication.
Recent Examples of illustration from the Web
Those imports all came before Feb. 18, an illustration of how China has enforced sanctions, Huang said.
The brand's maximalist motifs and patterns will be heavily displayed, as seen by a sneak-peek illustration of the Chiavari chair, a Ligurian design crafted from wood with a lacquered red finish.
The high quality of the produce is made all the more lovely by the beautiful displays, often including vintage illustrations of the vegetables at hand.
To be sure, Valérian is lovable and credible even in his cartooniest illustrations, a straightforward male hero.
Surging sales have turned the Rogue into the fourth best-selling vehicle in the U.S., through the first five months of 2017, a stark illustration of the booming popularity of crossovers.
Councilman Quinton Lucas said the proposal was an illustration of how tax incentives can be used to retain and grow a company with high quality jobs in Kansas City.
The blossoming trade is a vivid illustration of how business and profits are moving ahead, the WSJ’s Yeliz Candemir writes, even as diplomatic relations in the region remain fractured.
This not-to-scale illustration shows exactly what's happening in a total solar eclipse.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'illustration.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
First Known Use of illustration
Synonym Discussion of illustration
ILLUSTRATION Defined for Kids
Definition of illustration for Students
1 : a picture or diagram that explains or decorates The dictionary has color illustrations.
2 : an example or instance used to make something clear The speech included illustrations of his successes.
3 : the action of illustrating : the condition of being illustrated He finished the illustration of the book.
Learn More about illustration
See words that rhyme with illustration Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for illustration Spanish Central: Translation of illustration Nglish: Translation of illustration for Spanish speakers Britannica English: Translation of illustration for Arabic speakers Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about illustration
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up illustration? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).