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

transitive verb

: to produce, copy, or portray by lithography
had his caricatures lithographed
li-ˈthä-grə-fər How to pronounce lithograph (audio)


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: a print made by lithography
lithographic adjective
lithographically 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
When the Civil War broke out, Lion started lithographing Confederate sheet-music covers for New Orleans publishers., 11 Aug. 2017
Part of the 15th annual Art San Diego festival this weekend at the downtown Convention Center, The John Lennon Art Collection of lithographs, prints and originals will be on display and, the festival folks tell us, available for purchase. David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Nov. 2023 French artist born in the former Russian Empire, known for his sculptures, paintings, and lithographs in the Cubist style, at Givenchy. Laia Garcia-Furtado, Vogue, 17 Oct. 2023 The vinyl version of the album will feature leopard-print packaging, and will contain sea blue, light blue and clear discs, in addition to a numbered lithograph of Cher. Starr Bowenbank, Billboard, 21 Sep. 2023 Mediums range from lithographs and rare books to painting and sculpture. Ava Graham, Dallas News, 21 May 2023 In 1830, Pioneering paleontologist Henry De la Beche even made a lithograph of this scenario that showed an ichthyosaur chomping onto a long-necked, water-dwelling plesiosaur that resembles a Tanystropheus. Matt Hrodey, Discover Magazine, 21 June 2023 Möbius strips and plantlike tendrils twist and sometimes overlap in her lithographs and monoprints, whose complex interplay provides engaging dynamism. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 9 June 2023 Many of the tintypes look like pastels or lithographs. Mark Feeney,, 9 May 2023 Locally, centennial exhibitions are planned of Kelly’s lithographs at Gemini G.E.L. and photographs at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times, 6 May 2023 See More

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Word History



derivative of lithograph entry 2


litho- + -graph, after lithography

First Known Use


1825, in the meaning defined above


1828, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lithograph was in 1825

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Cite this Entry

“Lithograph.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 verb
: to print by lithography


2 of 2 noun
: a print made by lithography

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