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

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


lithographic \ ˌli-​thə-​ˈgra-​fik How to pronounce lithographic (audio) \ adjective
lithographically \ ˌli-​thə-​ˈgra-​fi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce lithographically (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., "Meet Jules Lion, the man credited with bringing photography to New Orleans," 11 Aug. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The 1971 lithograph was his first venture into printmaking after years of working as a painter. Richard Chang,, "New Laguna Art Museum exhibits include John Baldessari lithographs, Gwyn Murrill’s animal sculptures and prints by Mexican American artists," 20 June 2019 Many of the lithographs have been sold, with some money going to charity. Eric Branch,, "Dan Bunz! Greenlaw’s game-saving tackle evoked memories for 49ers linebacker," 31 Dec. 2019 Glaisher’s books also featured innovative visual portrayals of meteorological data; the lithographs depicted temperatures and barometric pressure levels at different elevations, superimposed over picturesque views. Jennifer Tucker, Smithsonian, "The True History of the Aeronauts Who Transformed Our View of the World Above," 9 Dec. 2019 Glaisher’s books also featured innovative visual portrayals of meteorological data; the lithographs depicted temperatures and barometric pressure levels at different elevations, superimposed over picturesque views. Jennifer Tucker, The Conversation, "From their balloons, the first aeronauts transformed our view of the world," 6 Dec. 2019 And it's memorialized in the famous Currier and Ives lithograph that shows the first senator and members of the House of Representatives who were African Americans. CBS News, ""Mobituaries": Reconstruction and the death of representation," 24 Nov. 2019 These exclusive offers can include premium tickets, on-stage photo opportunities at Elton John’s piano, backstage tours, limited-edition lithographs, custom merchandise and much more. Variety Staff,, "Elton John reveals final 2020 dates for ‘Farewell Yellow Brick Road’ tour — with more Chicago concerts," 13 Nov. 2019 This includes lithographs, relief prints, monoprints and other works produced by artists such as Judith F. Baca, Lisa Adams, Carolyn Castaño, Diane Gamboa, Emily Cheng, Anita Bunn and many others. Los Angeles Times, "Datebook: How L.A. photographer George Rodriguez chronicled every corner of the city," 17 Oct. 2019 The suite consists of 12 18-by-15-inch lithographs by artists Terry Allen, Baldessari, Greg Colson, Robbie Conal, Gajin Fujita, Victor Gastelum, Joe Goode, R.B. Kitaj, Mark Licari, McCarthy, Michael C. McMillen and Raymond Pettibon. Darryl Ratcliff, Dallas News, "The Public Trust gallery scores a win with sport-focused exhibition," 3 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of lithograph


1825, in the meaning defined above


1828, in the meaning defined above

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“Lithograph.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of lithograph

: a picture made by lithography

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