pho·​to·​ge·​nic | \ ˌfō-tə-ˈje-nik How to pronounce photogenic (audio) , -ˈjē- How to pronounce photogenic (audio) \

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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Other Words from photogenic

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

Examples of photogenic in a Sentence

She's a very photogenic child. This is the city's most photogenic park.
Recent Examples on the Web Stellar nurseries are some of the most photogenic regions in the universe. Shannon Stirone, Wired, "Space Photos of the Week: Swooning for the Swan Nebula," 11 Jan. 2020 Here are some of Arizona's most photogenic spots, from the famous to the less known, and where to shoot to show off their best sides. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Here are 10 of Arizona's most photogenic spots. Some of them might surprise you," 26 July 2019 This makes vultures a more difficult bunch to protect than photogenic species like elephants and lions, says Ralph Buij, the Peregrine Fund’s Africa Program Director. Charlie Hamilton James, National Geographic, "‘This is a full-blown crisis’: Fighting vulture poisoning in Kenya," 22 Nov. 2019 Another aroid species that has become a bona fide object of obsession for this new generation of collectors is the eminently photogenic variegated monstera, whose leaves are marbled with painterly splashes of white. Gray Chapman, New York Times, "How Much Would You Pay for a Houseplant?," 13 Nov. 2019 The incredibly photogenic couple posed for four photos together, in various states of undress. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Justin and Hailey Bieber Team Up for Steamy Calvin Klein Campaign," 5 Oct. 2019 Sure, there's something so photogenic about a simple pink glazed donut with rainbow sprinkles. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "Move over, Tie Dye Frappucino. These 10 drinks and desserts in metro Phoenix were made for Instagram," 12 July 2019 But that’s Candytopia’s finale, the photogenic icing on the cake. Phillip Valys,, "Candytopia: a wonderland of farting unicorn pigs, gummy Cardi B and a marshmallow swimming pool," 26 Nov. 2019 Fleece Astros blankets placed on each chair added a photogenic touch of orange and blue. Amber Elliott, Houston Chronicle, "Houston Methodist 100-year "Rendezvous of the Century" gala raises $9.5 million at Minute Maid Park," 15 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of photogenic

1835, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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20 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Photogenic.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of photogenic

: tending to look good in photographs


pho·​to·​gen·​ic | \ ˌfōt-ə-ˈjen-ik How to pronounce photogenic (audio) \

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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