imagery

noun

im·​ag·​ery ˈi-mij-rē How to pronounce imagery (audio)
-mi-jə-
plural imageries
1
a
: 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.
Recent Examples on the Web Traditional landscape was transformed into the revolutionary environment of digital imagery, where global society now lives. Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times, 13 July 2024 But Oscar bait, this is not: Julien splits his imagery across 10 screens, such that one sequence in which Douglass rides a steam locomotive is seen from many different perspectives at once, all playing simultaneously, while shots of a Black seamstress at work appear in between on select screens. Alex Greenberger, ARTnews.com, 12 July 2024 Bob Iger Receives Disney's 50-Year Service Award: 'Truly the Ride of a Lifetime' This question sets the stage for a thrilling first look, packed with high-energy imagery. Clayton Davis, Variety, 11 July 2024 Throughout the nearly-six-minute video, Lamar adds alluring imagery to go along with his endless shots at his rival. Kalia Richardson, Rolling Stone, 9 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for imagery 

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of imagery was in the 14th century

Dictionary Entries Near imagery

Cite this Entry

“Imagery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/imagery. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

imagery

noun
im·​ag·​ery ˈim-ij-(ə-)rē How to pronounce imagery (audio)
plural imageries
1
: images that can be seen or that are imagined
2
: language that suggests how someone or something looks, sounds, feels, smells, or tastes

Medical Definition

imagery

noun
im·​ag·​ery ˈim-ij-(ə-)rē How to pronounce imagery (audio)
plural imageries
: mental images
eidetic imagery
especially : the products of imagination
psychotic imagery

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