im·ag·ery | \ˈi-mij-rē, -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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In recent years, the United States, through imagery and computer hacking, has improved its intelligence collection in North Korea. Author: Ellen Nakashima, Joby Warrick, Anchorage Daily News, "North Korea plotting to keep arsenal, U.S. intelligence officials say," 1 July 2018 Trump has seized on that imagery and history to argue that the nation’s immigration policy is enabling MS-13 gang members to flood into the country. Joe Garofoli,, "MS-13 is scary, but Trump may be exaggerating the threat," 23 June 2018 Rich in fantastical, avant-garde fashion imagery and insight into their work, the tome features pictures of Gisele Bündchen and Stephanie Seymour, who are accompanied by fresher faces like Binx Walton and Lineisy Montero. Charlotte Sutherland-hawes, A-LIST, "GilesSølveKatie Hits Bookshops," 22 June 2018 With 360 degree seating, The Beatles LOVE tells a unique story from every angle, while a three-time Grammy winning soundtrack sets the backdrop for thrilling aerial acrobatics, colorful new imagery and reimagined choreography. azcentral, "The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil," 21 June 2018 In addition to the imagery, Kris, Kim, and North will also star in a short film for the campaign. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kim Kardashian, North West, and Kris Jenner Star in New Fendi Campaign," 9 July 2018 There are also painterly squiggles on and around the imagery. Mike Giuliano, Howard County Times, "Artist gets metaphysical at Columbia Art Center," 6 July 2018 In recent years, the United States, through imagery and computer hacking, has improved its intelligence collection in North Korea. Washington Post, "North Korea working to conceal key aspects of its nuclear program, U.S. officials say," 2 July 2018 The juried traveling exhibition of landscapes, portraiture, still life and abstract imagery features top artworks selected from thousands of entries across the world. Linda Mcintosh,, "Lions Club member receives fellowship award news," 14 July 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

: 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, -mi-jə-\

Kids Definition of imagery

: pictures or photographs of something satellite imagery


im·ag·ery | \ˈim-ij-(ə-)rē \
plural imageries

Medical Definition of imagery 

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

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