pic·​to·​gram | \ ˈpik-tə-ˌgram How to pronounce pictogram (audio) \

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Recent Examples on the Web Both systems appear to perceive the power of pictograms. Isabel Kershner, New York Times, "Emojis Meet Hieroglyphs: If King Tut Could Text," 22 Jan. 2020 The agency proposed marking temples, for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, with a more generic pictogram of a pagoda. Anne Quito, Quartz, "Can the swastika ever reclaim its original meaning?," 24 Dec. 2019 So the Sumerians would repurpose an existing pictogram that had resonance with the hard-to-illustrate concept. Maura Judkis, Washington Post, "How the sexy peach emoji joined the resistance," 1 Oct. 2019 Cuneiform, their early system of writing, began as a series of pictograms, and some characters represented multiple words or concepts. Maura Judkis, Washington Post, "How the sexy peach emoji joined the resistance," 1 Oct. 2019 Before this week, the images the show proffered felt comfortingly anachronistic, with the pilgrim-like costumes and pictogram-only supermarkets. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Gilead in America," 20 June 2018 Once Sussman / Prejza came aboard, these ideas would be refined and repeated in signs, badges, pictograms, uniforms, merchandise, and event interiors with a more precise hierarchy of type, symbol, and color. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "Lessons from LA’s 1984 Summer Olympics," 17 May 2018 Mexico 68 oscillated, in its effects, between the modern and the folkloric, parabolas and papier-mache, pictograms and totems. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "Lessons from LA’s 1984 Summer Olympics," 17 May 2018 Certain icons are used with permission from Adrian, available at http://designmodo.com/linecons-free/. Entypo pictograms are by Daniel Bruce, available at http://www.entypo.com. Sunset, "Terms and Conditions of Use," 22 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of pictogram

1884, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pictogram

International Scientific Vocabulary picto- (from Latin pictus) + -gram

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The first known use of pictogram was in 1884

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“Pictogram.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pictogram. Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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