lith·​o·​graph | \ˈli-thə-ˌgraf \
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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Other Words from lithograph


lithographer \ li-​ˈthä-​grə-​fər , ˈli-​thə-​ˌgra-​fər \ noun


lithographic \ ˌli-​thə-​ˈgra-​fik \ adjective
lithographically \ ˌli-​thə-​ˈgra-​fi-​k(ə-​)lē \ 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


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

One wishes that the Pasadena show had managed a full overview of his entire output, lithographs and paintings alike. Christopher Knight,, "Grafton Tyler Brown's California scenes at Pasadena museum's final show," 30 June 2018 American Impressionism, the East Asia collection and the graphic prints — etchings, engravings and lithographs — are what most capture my fancy here. Cynthia Zanone,, "5 reasons I love San Diego's Balboa Park," 13 May 2018 Two other Brown exhibitions have been done — the first at the Oakland Museum in 1972, which focused on his commercial lithographs, and a 2003 survey of 49 paintings at the California African American Museum. Christopher Knight,, "Grafton Tyler Brown's California scenes at Pasadena museum's final show," 30 June 2018 The collection includes a lithograph by artist Marc Chagall and a print by American artist and The Family Circus cartoonist Bil Keane, who moved to Paradise Valley in 1959. Lauren Castle, azcentral, "5 things to know about Phoenix's Burton Barr Central Library," 15 June 2018 Modern Masters – Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Salvador Dalí, and Joan Miró Several dozen original drawings, etchings, lithographs, and linocuts by a foursome of 20th-century masters appear for a limited time only in Stone Harbor. Lauren Mccutcheon,, "What you should do down the Shore this weekend," 28 June 2018 Also in the Witte’s collection are a preliminary pencil sketch for the painting dated 1852 and a German lithograph, thought to have been published around 1867. Paula Allen, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio print’s colorful ancestor hangs at the Witte," 26 May 2018 The car made a cameo in a 1962 lithograph called 3327 Division. Mark Rozzo, Vanities, "Ed Ruscha Still Has Plenty More to Say About America," 30 May 2018 Among the pieces on display is the 1977 lithograph Love Letter III, which pairs a Madonna-like figure with a motif White often used to represent feminine life-giving and creativity: a conch shell. Amy Crawford, Smithsonian, "A New Exhibit Gives Charles White’s Art and Activism the Attention They Deserve," 23 May 2018

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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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: a picture made by lithography

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