im·​ag·​ery | \ ˈi-mij-rē How to pronounce imagery (audio) , -mi-jə-\
plural imageries

Definition of imagery

1a : pictures produced by an imaging system
b : the product of image makers : images also : the art of making images
2 : figurative language
3 : mental images especially : the products of imagination

Examples of imagery in a Sentence

The book contains a great deal of sexual imagery. The movie was full of biblical imagery.

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There are embroidered flowers around the neck that almost create the illusion of a necklace, and there are dragons covertly sewn in—imagery that Abbott wanted to add to give an edge to the otherwise all-out glamorous look. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Awards Season Is in Full Swing and Jorja Smith’s Red Carpet Style Has Never Been Better," 27 Feb. 2019 Looting pits have a distinctive donut-like signature, which is easy to spot in satellite imagery. Rob Reid, Ars Technica, "Ars on your lunch break: Finding Pharaoh and spotting looters from orbit," 1 Nov. 2018 The campaign has been praised by multiple outlets as an example of authentic inclusion in fashion imagery. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "Abby Sams Wanted to See More Disabled Models In Fashion—So She Entered an Aerie Contest," 2 Aug. 2018 The only indications that Owens is being inducted will come when the whole class is announced, as well as in imagery of the eight new members. Des Bieler,, "Hall of Fame to answer Terrell Owens' snub by refusing to announce his induction," 13 July 2018 Stuart’s legacy, along with other iconic Civil War figures, is commemorated in imagery throughout the South that factor prominently into the romanticism tied to the Confederacy. Debbie Truong, Washington Post, "The Confederate commander behind one of the greatest ‘what ifs’ of the Civil War," 7 July 2018 This beautiful bird was giving me permission to paint him in digital imagery. Anchorage Daily News, "Photography isn’t hunting, but it brings its own rewards in Alaska’s outdoors," 27 June 2018 The following year, Paltrow and the five-bedroom, seven-and-a-half bath was featured in House & Garden, the evidence of which exists in low-resolution imagery on various personal blogs throughout the Internet. Kenzie Bryant, Vanities, "Has Gwyneth Paltrow’s Secret Hamptons Wedding Been Torpedoed?," 20 June 2018 First up: David Doubilet and Jennifer Hayes, a photographic team specializing in underwater imagery. Myah Ward, charlotteobserver, "New partnership brings big cats, coral and cocktails to Charlotte," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of imagery

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

History and Etymology for imagery

Middle English ymagerie "images portrayed in sculpture, painting, etc.," borrowed from Anglo-French, from ymage, image image entry 1 + -erie -ery

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English Language Learners Definition of imagery

technical : pictures or photographs
: language that causes people to imagine pictures in their mind
: pictures of people or things in a work of art


im·​ag·​ery | \ ˈi-mij-rē How to pronounce imagery (audio) , -mi-jə-\

Kids Definition of imagery

: pictures or photographs of something satellite imagery


im·​ag·​ery | \ ˈim-ij-(ə-)rē How to pronounce imagery (audio) \
plural imageries

Medical Definition of imagery

: mental images eidetic imagery especially : the products of imagination psychotic imagery

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