photogenic

adjective
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.

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Visit Joshua Tree National Park Explore the desert's vast wilderness at Joshua Tree National Park, a spot that earned its moniker from its unique and photogenic inhabitant, the Joshua Tree. Charlotte Chilton, Town & Country, "What to Do on Your Next Trip to Palm Springs," 5 Mar. 2019 From lavenders to lime greens, the buildings are a soothing and photogenic complement to the historic city’s cobblestoned streets and picturesque seaside panoramas. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 25 most colorful cities in the world," 19 Feb. 2019 Royal baby is also looking very photogenic already. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Why Yes, That is Meghan Markle Duchess of Sussex in a GIF Photobooth at the British Fashion Awards," 11 Dec. 2018 The masks are sure to be just as photogenic and trending as every other Glam Glow mask — remember the green and gold Power Rangers ones? Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "These My Little Pony Face Masks Are Worth a Trip to Sephora," 16 Mar. 2018 Activated charcoal and golden milk lattes may have dominated Instagram feeds in 2018, but 2019 will see the rise of fads even more photogenic. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "12 Health Food Trends to Be on the Lookout for in 2019," 11 Dec. 2018 Then hit Uluwatu temple at sunset (watch out for mischievous monkeys who steal many an iPhone!), where the views of the light fading behind the cliff will be some of the most photogenic of your trip. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "Finding the Bali You Came For," 16 Nov. 2018 As Jane Jacobs and Shirley Hayes would later find in their own fight against Moses to maintain their playground and open space at Washington Square, the smallest protesters are often the most photogenic. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "How not to cheat children: Let them build their own playgrounds," 18 July 2018 There’s @TunaMeltsMyHeart, a chihuahua-dachshund mix with an overbite and 2 million followers; @BertiebertthePom, a photogenic Pomeranian with fur that seems heaven sent; and @Crusoe_Dachshund, who stars in his own original short films. Nicolas Heller, Vogue, "It’s Hard Out There for a Pet Influencer," 20 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of photogenic

1835, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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photogenic

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of photogenic

: tending to look good in photographs

photogenic

adjective
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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