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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It was started as a way to share pictures of the extremely photogenic puppy nephew. Madeline Purdue, USA TODAY, "Pupdate: Dog-centered social media accounts are taking the internet by storm," 10 June 2019 Darden enlisted friend and interior designer Jake Arnold (who designed her home and whose clients include Julianne Hough and Ashley Tisdale) to dream up the bright photogenic space. Danielle Directo-meston, The Hollywood Reporter, "Hollywood Facialist Shani Darden Opens First Flagship Skin-Care Studio," 7 June 2019 As more information comes in, T&C will report the latest on Meghan and Harry's very photogenic baby. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "See the First Photos of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's New Royal Baby!," 8 May 2019 Despite this popularity, Iceland retains its mystique as a place where natural wonders inspire photogenic journeys and more than a few eerie folktales. National Geographic, "20 photos of Iceland’s majestic landscapes," 23 Apr. 2019 But like other such signature park projects across the country, like Atlanta’s Beltline or Philadelphia’s Rail Park, which opened last month, the presence of a photogenic new park supercharges property values and real estate development. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Can high-profile park projects, catalysts for development, play nice with neighboring communities?," 17 July 2018 Instagram Braids are one of those win-win styles: low-maintenance, effortlessly cool, and photogenic. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "13 Gorgeous Cornrows Photos to Inspire Your Next Look," 30 Jan. 2019 This season’s most photogenic coats fell into two camps: long and lean in a bold color, or vividly printed. Emily Farra, Vogue, "The Biggest Street-Style Trends of Fall 2019," 13 Mar. 2019 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

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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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