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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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., "Meet Jules Lion, the man credited with bringing photography to New Orleans," 11 Aug. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There’s also a lithograph by the late Rolland Golden and two small cast-concrete and textural-relief pieces by Michael Eddy. Sarah Bonnette|contributing Writer,, "Safe Haven's help and healing will include carefully selected works of art," 3 Jan. 2021 This Collector's Edition version of the game comes with an 11x17-inch lithograph, a wearable Doom Slayer helmet, Lore Book, steelbook case, and digital goodies. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Win laptops, smartwatches, and more in the 2020 Ars Technica Charity Drive," 4 Dec. 2020 Some of these items include; photograph of the Morrison farm, a photograph of Beaver Dam Plantation, and a lithograph of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. Amanda Jackson, CNN, "Charlotte removes the name of a white supremacist North Carolina governor from a branch library," 21 Oct. 2020 In one lithograph, a trio of African elephants stands by a river. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "You Can Now Download 150,000 Free Illustrations of the Natural World," 10 Feb. 2020 Her spirit darkens only once in a large morose lithograph from 1973 that masquerades as an ink drawing and is one of the best images in the show. Roberta Smith, New York Times, "David Hockney: A Life in Drawing," 1 Oct. 2020 Peggy Bacon shows the Whitney Studio Club drawing class in a frenzy while things are calmer in Mabel Dwight’s 1928 lithograph of the Weyhe Gallery. Roger Catlin, Smithsonian Magazine, "Rare Chance in 2020 to See This Classic Danish Masterwork," 17 Jan. 2020 In Chicago, Kurz & Allison issued a lithograph of Jefferson Davis and Family, an obvious attempt to soften Davis’ flinty image by showing him alongside his wife and children. Harold Holzer, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Northern Publishers Cashed In on Fundraising for Confederate Monuments," 7 July 2020 Over the door was a huge lithograph showing the Treaty of Versailles being signed with a Waterman fountain pen. Kate Bolick, The New York Review of Books, "What the Sofa Said," 3 Aug. 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 8 May. 2021.

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