pho·​to·​ge·​nic | \ˌfō-tə-ˈje-nik, -ˈjē- \

Definition of photogenic 

1 : produced or precipitated by light photogenic dermatitis

2 : producing or generating light : phosphorescent photogenic bacteria

3 : suitable for being photographed especially because of visual appeal a photogenic smile

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photogenically \ ˌfō-​tə-​ˈje-​ni-​k(ə-​)lē , -​ˈjē-​ \ adverb

Examples of photogenic in a Sentence

She's a very photogenic child. This is the city's most photogenic park.

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The clothes are highly photogenic and make sense on a stage, but in his seventh season, Palomo is expanding into slightly more casual, real-life-wearable stuff, too. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Palomo Spain Returns to Madrid for Spring 2019—and Reveals a New, More Casual Direction," 9 July 2018 And, for the record, Aries are extremely good at taking selfies, tend to be highly photogenic, and will have a dope ass online profile. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "What Your Zodiac Sign Says About Your Online Dating Style," 6 July 2018 Both ordered the Bullet Proof, a photogenic play on a whiskey sour featuring rye, St. Germain, turmeric, lemon, chili and bitters with a foamy egg white that Ms. Pistorius had seen on Instagram. Devorah Lev-tov, New York Times, "Dusting Off an Art Deco Feminist Treasure," 16 May 2018 For example, the company once arranged a hot-air balloon trip in the Grand Tetons for a photography buff, starting at one particularly photogenic bend in the road. Donna Bulseco, WSJ, "The Great American Road Trip Goes Luxe—For Better or Worse," 12 July 2018 But evidence suggests that its stubbornly photogenic reign may be nearing an end. Hayley Phelan, New York Times, "Place Your Bets on the New Millennial Pink," 3 July 2018 After all, the decidedly photogenic couple was a match made in beauty heaven. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Happy Wedding Anniversary, Elvis and Priscilla Presley! The Iconic Couple's Most Memorable Beauty Moments," 1 May 2018 The idea was the fireworks would go off behind the photogenic statue of a sailor kissing a nurse in celebration of the end of World War II. Phillip Molnar,, "These people got to the Big Bay Boom really early," 4 July 2018 The filmmakers soon focus on a photogenic young black woman (Rashad) who gives her name as Bikini. Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Bikini Moon': Film Review | Shanghai 2018," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of photogenic

1835, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of photogenic

: tending to look good in photographs


pho·​to·​gen·​ic | \ˌfōt-ə-ˈjen-ik \

Medical Definition of photogenic 

1 : produced or precipitated by light photogenic epilepsy photogenic dermatitis

2 : producing or generating light : phosphorescent photogenic bacteria

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