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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On its own, Büro Ole Scheeren’s new King Power MahaNakhon tower in Bangkok, Thailand, is already the tallest building in the country and immensely photogenic thanks to its glassy, pixelated facade that soars above the rest of the city. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "‘Glass tray’ observation deck now open in Thailand’s tallest building," 11 Dec. 2018 Having given birth to baby Stormi in February 2018 after a secret pregnancy, Kylie has embraced motherhood, even including her photogenic daughter in her new 2019 calendar. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kendall Jenner Just Made the Funniest Joke About Her Sisters While Posing in a Tiny Bikini," 25 Nov. 2018 This photogenic show is expected to sell out quickly. Sarah Maiellano, USA TODAY, "The best museum exhibits in the USA for summer 2018," 4 June 2018 Those looking for something a little more photogenic also have the option of a Mango Dragonfruit Refresher, which Starbucks added to its permanent North American menu in June. Emily Wang, Teen Vogue, "Starbucks Korea Introduces Popular Avocado Blended Drink Complete With Chocolate Pit," 3 July 2018 Because of their isolated nature, the storms that developed Saturday and Sunday were made more photogenic juxtaposed to clear blue sky and sunshine. Angela Fritz, Washington Post, "Beautiful photos of our semi-stormy weekend," 25 June 2018 No one is doubting that Houston is a photogenic city. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Pointing out the flaws in Houston stock photos," 13 Feb. 2018 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

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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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