lithograph

verb
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

lithograph

noun

Definition of lithograph (Entry 2 of 2)

: a print made by lithography

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Other Words from lithograph

Verb

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

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

Did You Know?

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. NOLA.com, "Meet Jules Lion, the man credited with bringing photography to New Orleans," 11 Aug. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

This comes across in Trouvelot’s lithographs in which scenes of celestial phenomena seem to become extensions of biological form. Edward Rothstein, WSJ, "‘Extreme Nature!’ Review: Horror and Beauty in the World Around Us," 13 Nov. 2018 That sparked his obsession with prints, of which there are several types, including lithographs, woodcuts and aquatints. Brenda Cronin, WSJ, "An Art Collector On a Mission to Share His Passion," 25 Jan. 2019 The five lithographs were abstract depictions of famous literary figures, including Shakespeare, done in vibrant brushstrokes. Daniel Miller, latimes.com, "Five Picassos went missing from the L.A. Times. What happened to them?," 12 July 2018 There's also Warhol dollar-sign lithographs hanging above one of her couches, which is incredibly on-brand for the almost-billionaire. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kylie Jenner Just Shared a Rare Look at the Inside of Her House and It's More Insane Than We Expected," 5 Feb. 2019 Soon after, Shchukin called upon Matisse in his small apartment and studio on the Quai St. Michael and made his first purchase, of a drawing and two lithographs. E.a. Carmean Jr., WSJ, "‘The Collector’ Review: Before the Fall," 7 Dec. 2018 This particular capsule is a limited offering that highlights natural, raw pearls, and just like with lithographs and signed prints, clients can purchase one piece of only a hundred created in every design. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "Bridal Designer Danielle Frankel’s New Jewelry Collection Is Art You Can Wear," 14 Nov. 2018 Dwyre was told that the Tamayos were being sold and Corley had swapped them with the lithographs. Daniel Miller, latimes.com, "Five Picassos went missing from the L.A. Times. What happened to them?," 12 July 2018 According to her Times interview, that art collection included Calder lithographs, Henry Moore sculptures, and Robert Graham sketches. Colleen Egan, ELLE Decor, "Lauren Bacall's Apartment in Iconic New York Building to Hit the Market," 26 Aug. 2014

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First Known Use of lithograph

Verb

1825, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1828, in the meaning defined above

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lithograph

noun

English Language Learners Definition of lithograph

: a picture made by lithography

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