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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Hochard’s innovation is to compare satellite imagery data of nighttime light levels with a timeline of cyclones. Adam Moolna, Quartz India, "How mangroves could protect us from storms like Cyclone Fani," 7 June 2019 The National Weather Service in Marquette said in a Tweet Monday night that satellite imagery shows sediment from the heavy rainfall flowing from rivers and streams into Lake Superior. Detroit Free Press, "What we know now about flooding in Upper Peninsula," 19 June 2018 Jansson, among the fashion world’s most celebrated photographers, is a private figure who prefers to let his luminous imagery speak for itself. Kristina O’neill, WSJ, "Letter From the Editor: The Quiet Glamour of a Tuscan Retreat," 21 May 2019 Upstairs, Versace Home debuted a host of six new seating collections that play on its iconic brand imagery and asked Bikoff to design each room with them. Parker Bowie Larson, ELLE Decor, "The New Versace Home Collection Is the Fantasy of Our Candy-Colored, Neon-Tinged Dreams," 9 Apr. 2019 Chanel also lauded Lagerfeld's talents as a photographer and director, noting his work for the label's imagery, short films, and more. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "The House of Chanel Reacts to Karl Lagerfeld's Death," 19 Feb. 2019 The party looks like it was sponsored and hosted by jewelry-maker Jacquie Aiche, which uses precious gemstones and channels goddess imagery (right up Jenna's alley, then). Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Jenna Dewan Attended the Sparkly Galentine's Day Party of My Dreams," 14 Feb. 2019 Sunrun, which designs systems using satellite imagery of a home's roof, focuses on clean, green-friendly power. Adam Shell, USA TODAY, "Best small cap stocks 2018: 10 stocks you've never heard of that are surging this year," 12 June 2018 Yardzen matches them with a designer, who uses that video plus satellite imagery to create a rendering of the property. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "This Service Makes Redoing Your Backyard SO Easy," 3 May 2019

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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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