pho·​to | \ ˈfō-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce photo (audio) \
plural photos

Definition of photo

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photoed; photoing; photos

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Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of photo in a Sentence

Noun We gave them a framed family photo for their anniversary. You aren't allowed to take photos inside the theater. Verb photoed the historic mansion for a decorating magazine
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Keeping Up with the Kardashians star, 40, posted a photo on Instagram Thursday of herself working out in a revealing black swimsuit. Katie Campione,, "Kim Kardashian Rocks Icy Blonde Hair as She Works Out in a Revealing Black Swimsuit," 6 May 2021 Last Mother's Day, Drake celebrated his mama with a sweet throwback photo on Instagram, where he's seen smiling in his mother's arms. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Drake Launches a New Candle Set Just in Time for Mother's Day," 6 May 2021 Williams shared an adorable photo on Instagram of the trio standing by the pool, all wearing bright pink Nike swimsuits. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Serena Williams, Daughter Olympia, and Olympia's Doll Wore Matching Swimsuits," 5 May 2021 Rodgers was shown in a photo on social media before the race with other members of his Derby party. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "Aaron Rodgers (or 'Turd Ferguson') declines on-air interview at Derby amid Packers rift," 1 May 2021 Teigen posted a heartbreaking hospital room photo on Instagram at the time announcing that her unborn child, a boy, had died. Anika Reed, USA TODAY, "Vaxxed and vocal: John Legend shares vaccine experience, talks family life with Chrissy Teigen," 1 May 2021 The 56-year-old NBC coanchor posted a heartfelt photo on Instagram of her fiancé, Joel Schiffman, and their two daughters, Haley Joy and Hope Catherine. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "'Today' Fans Can't Stop Gushing Over Hoda Kotb's New Family Photo on Instagram," 1 May 2021 Harvey, a former Birthday Party and Bad Seeds member who also produced Lane’s solo work, posted a photo of Lane on Instagram, taken in Berlin in 1995. Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, "Anita Lane, Founding Member of Nick Cave’s Bad Seeds, Dead at 61," 28 Apr. 2021 Bonner, an All-WNBA second-team player in her first season with the Sun last summer, posted a photo on Instagram Friday of her and her twin girls, Demi and Cali, traveling up to Connecticut. Alexa Philippou,, "The Connecticut Sun will get some veteran players back by the end of the week; first round of training camp cuts looms," 26 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective In honor of Mother’s Day, donors to the fund ($10 and up) are invited to honor special women in their lives in a photo gallery on the museum’s website. Joy Wallace Dickinson,, "Here’s a Mother’s Day corsage to the rich histories of women," 9 May 2021 Meanwhile, social media is flooded with pictures of affluent Indians posing at photo booths after receiving the vaccine. Vijayta Lalwani, Quartz, "A class divide is emerging in the world’s largest Covid-19 vaccination drive," 11 Mar. 2021 Both of which surpass the photo quality of the HP Envy Pro 6455. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "The best printer of 2021," 25 Mar. 2021 The Wolves had a photo reel of her before the game and has an honorary set with her jersey lit up before the national anthem. Chris Hine, Star Tribune, "Chris Finch excited about pending Wolves sale to Alex Rodriguez," 11 Apr. 2021 Beginning April 8, visitors will be allowed to remove their masks for photo opportunities when outside. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, "Walt Disney World Updates Face Mask Guidance," 7 Apr. 2021 His mother always had a photo camera in hand or a VHS camera rolling. Megan Armstrong, The Indianapolis Star, "Justin Bieber’s Justice album: How friends made the cover together with an Indiana twist," 19 Mar. 2021 The woman identified Grant in a photo lineup of six men, police said. Meredith Colias-pete,, "Hammond man charged with shooting at woman with AR-15 rifle," 15 Mar. 2021 In 2014, the organization pointed out the use of live owls tied to a pedestal in the opening ceremony and at photo opportunities during the opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Osaka, Japan. Emma Pocock, Forbes, "Warner Bros. Confirms No More Live Owls At Harry Potter Theme Parks & Shows," 12 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of photo


1860, in the meaning defined above


1868, in the meaning defined above


1878, in the meaning defined above

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11 May 2021

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“Photo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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pho·​to | \ ˈfō-tō How to pronounce photo (audio) \
plural photos

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