pho·​to | \ ˈfō-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce photo (audio) \
plural photos

Definition of photo

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photoed; photoing; photos

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Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of photo in a Sentence

Noun We gave them a framed family photo for their anniversary. You aren't allowed to take photos inside the theater. Verb photoed the historic mansion for a decorating magazine
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In the run-up to the new year, Jennings used Instagram to look back on the decade, posting 10 photos of the last 10 years. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Jazz Jennings Shares a Powerful Message About Her "Battle Wounds" From Gender Confirmation Surgery," 3 Jan. 2020 On New Year’s Day, the NBC morning show co-host shared a few touching photos of her family catching the first sunrise of 2020 on what appears to be a golf course. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "Jenna Bush Hager’s Touching Instagram With Her Family Has 'Today' Fans Really Emotional," 2 Jan. 2020 Associated Press text, photo, graphic, audio and/or video material shall not be published, broadcast, rewritten for broadcast or publication or redistributed directly or indirectly in any medium. John Deering, Arkansas Online, "JOHN DEERING CARTOON: New blood," 1 Jan. 2020 Social media users mirthfully captured photos of a sad, melting pile of snow that appeared to be guarded by fences in the Red Square. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, "Moscow Brought in Fake Snow for New Year’s Eve Festivities to Counter an Unseasonably Warm December," 1 Jan. 2020 It is filled with photos, videos, costumes, and some sappy poetry from a lifelong friend and fan. Verna Gates, al, "How to spend 24 hours in Tupelo, Mississippi," 30 Dec. 2019 On Wednesday, December 25, Bersten shared a photo of the bauble on his Instagram story. Leah Rocketto, Woman's Day, "'DWTS' Winner Alan Bersten Had a Hannah Brown Ornament On His Christmas Tree," 30 Dec. 2019 The post includes a photo of the three Beathard brothers: Clayton, who was 22; Tucker, 24; and C.J., 26. Fox News, "NFL QB C.J. Beathard posts emotional tribute to slain brother Clayton Beathard," 28 Dec. 2019 The third photo, closest to Orth’s desk, is of the team in the 2017-18 season, Jones-Morris’ junior season. Zach Walker, Twin Cities, "The Coach: Helping a grieving football team after losing a captain to gunfire," 28 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective That’s not to say that minimalism hasn’t made a memorable impact: A late-’90s Kate Moss needed only a swipe of red lipstick (and Johnny Depp on her arm) to look photo-ready. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "21 Iconic Cannes Beauty Moments: From Kate Moss to Kristen Stewart," 10 May 2019 But this year's changes–on iOS especially–are expected to be less dramatic than last year's update, which included a redesigned control center, more photo effects, enhanced discovery in the App Store, driving safety features, and of course, ARKit. Lauren Goode, WIRED, "What to Expect from Apple’s Annual Software Conference," 1 June 2018 NOPD Second District Detective Jerry Baldwin asked the victim to identify the shooter from a six-person photo line-up that included Williams' picture. Marie Simoneaux,, "Gambling argument sparked Gert Town shooting, police say," 3 Oct. 2017 Some attendees came to see the latest in tattoo designs, be it photo-realistic portraiture or fantastical scenes straight out of a sci-fi movie. Charles Passy, WSJ, "Tattoo Artists Make Their Mark at Expo," 16 July 2017 Police said officers were given the name and number for the party's photographer, which led to Butler, and put his photo in a six-person photo lineup. Emily Lane,, "Argument at birthday party in Desire Area ends with man stabbed in neck: warrant," 11 Aug. 2017 That included a link to what the sender claimed was photo evidence of their affair. Nicole Perlroth, New York Times, "Spyware’s Odd Targets: Backers of Mexico’s Soda Tax," 11 Feb. 2017 Photo transitions happen on the beat, to give it a bit more pop. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Hands on with Microsoft's Story Remix, the new tool to make your photos pop," 15 May 2017 Photo gallery of Longmont Trojans vs. Thompson Valley Eagles at Longmont High School on April 15, 2017, in Longmont, Colorado. Justin Edmonds, The Denver Post, "PHOTOS: Thompson Valley defeats Longmont in Northern League baseball," 15 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of photo


1860, in the meaning defined above


1868, in the meaning defined above


1878, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of photo was in 1860

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7 Jan 2020

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“Photo.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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pho·​to | \ ˈfō-tō How to pronounce photo (audio) \
plural photos

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