lith·​o·​graph | \ ˈli-thə-ˌgraf How to pronounce lithograph (audio) \
lithographed; lithographing; lithographs

Definition of lithograph

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to produce, copy, or portray by lithography had his caricatures lithographed



Definition of lithograph (Entry 2 of 2)

: a print made by lithography

Other Words from lithograph


lithographer \ li-​ˈthä-​grə-​fər How to pronounce lithograph (audio) , ˈli-​thə-​ˌgra-​fər \ noun


lithographic \ ˌli-​thə-​ˈgra-​fik How to pronounce lithograph (audio) \ adjective
lithographically \ ˌli-​thə-​ˈgra-​fi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce lithograph (audio) \ adverb

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Lithos is Greek for "stone", and a stone surface has traditionally been involved in lithography, though a metal plate may take its place today. The lithographic process was invented around 1796 and soon became the main method of printing books and newspapers. Artists use lithography to produce prints (works intended to be sold in many copies), and art lithographs sometimes resemble older types of prints, including etchings, engravings, and woodcuts. Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Joan Miró, and M. C. Escher are among the many artists who have used lithography to produce important original works. Today lithographic printing accounts for over 40% of all printing, packaging, and publishing.

Examples of lithograph in a Sentence

Noun a book of his finest lithographs
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb When the Civil War broke out, Lion started lithographing Confederate sheet-music covers for New Orleans publishers., 11 Aug. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Every stone-cut print, stencil, etching, lithograph or drawing produced here is community-owned. New York Times, 1 June 2022 Stone lithograph techniques were developed in Bavaria, Germany, in 1795. Brenda Yenke, cleveland, 16 Feb. 2022 An 18th century lithograph owned by a Boston historical group shows Attucks as the victim of a brutal beating, a far cry from the lead scoundrel responsible for a massacre. Andy Peters, ajc, 5 Feb. 2022 His lithograph sets their heads inside flying saucers surrounding the portrait of a tribal chief in ceremonial dress. Jonathon Keats, Forbes, 22 Jan. 2022 My least favorite Judy Chicago work is a lithograph print titled What is Feminist Art?, done in 1977. Jo Livingstone, The New Republic, 17 Sep. 2021 Pollutants also appear in an 1898 lithograph by French post-Impressionist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, which shows a male motorist speeding ahead, spewing a cloud of thick smoke over a nearby woman and dog. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 July 2021 The lithograph over the dining table is by David Hockney. Wendy Goodman, Curbed, 2 Aug. 2021 Relativity, a lithograph print by the Dutch artist M.C. Escher, portrays a world with three orthogonal sources of gravity, in which people climb and descend stairwells that seem to go uphill both ways. Stephen Macknik, Scientific American, 1 May 2021 See More

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1825, in the meaning defined above


1828, in the meaning defined above

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