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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photogenically \ ˌfō-​tə-​ˈje-​ni-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce photogenic (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 Whole pieces were filleted for their signature tunes and used for advertising or movie soundtracks, and photogenic musicians such as Nigel Kennedy, Joshua Bell, and Vanessa-Mae were marketed as unbuttoning the sometimes stuffy genre. Jonathan Gharraie, The Atlantic, "Can Caroline Shaw Make Classical Cool?," 13 Feb. 2021 The kits for growing pink oysters, which emerge as a cascade of salmon shingles, were particularly photogenic. New York Times, "The Mushrooms Will Survive Us," 7 Feb. 2021 The desire for fame motivates people to move strangely through the world, to distort reality into its most photogenic, and to assign high amounts of value to things that seem to have little material worth. Arielle Pardes, Wired, "How to Fake Friends and Influence Instagram," 1 Feb. 2021 In it, the family upheld their status as one of the most fashionable and photogenic royal families, sporting effortlessly cool classic trench coats in black, navy, and tan. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "The Spanish Royal Family Shared an Adorable Holiday Card," 16 Dec. 2020 The pyramids of ancient Egypt, specifically the most photogenic and iconic batch at Giza, have always been a magnet for esoterica. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Isaac Newton Believed the Pyramids Revealed the Timing of the Apocalypse," 7 Dec. 2020 While real activism could be found that year in Washington’s birth control march and in personal blogs by a diverse array of young women, popular culture preferred a more photogenic brand of lipstick feminism. Cheri Lucas Rowlands, Longreads, "Longreads Best of 2020: Arts and Culture," 16 Dec. 2020 Walls’ houseplant pop-ups and pumpkin patch have drawn plant lovers and photogenic babies from all over Houston. Abigail Rosenthal, Chron, "Meet the young farmer fighting south Houston's food desert," 7 Dec. 2020 An assiduous public-relations campaign has ensured that the newspapers bulge with profiles of him and his photogenic family. The Economist, "Bagehot Rishi Sunak, Thatcherite at heart," 28 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of photogenic

1835, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Photogenic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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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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