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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web One pictogram highlighted in the study depicts soldiers drowning as a building burns in the background. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, 31 Aug. 2021 The pictogram people were great, the drones were weird, but in total there was very little coherence to the whole program. Jackson Mchenry And Kathryn Vanarendonk, Vulture, 23 July 2021 That’s why the pictogram—a symbol standing in for a word or phrase—is a common tool for helping people with intellectual disabilities. Eleanor Cummins, Popular Science, 2 Mar. 2021 That philosophy was a good fit for the pictogram assignment. New York Times, 25 Feb. 2021 Its depiction as a pictogram — resembling a crimson upside-down pear — likely dates back to the medieval era, if not classical antiquity. Los Angeles Times, 21 Oct. 2020 Both systems appear to perceive the power of pictograms. Isabel Kershner, New York Times, 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, 24 Dec. 2019 So the Sumerians would repurpose an existing pictogram that had resonance with the hard-to-illustrate concept. Maura Judkis, Washington Post, 1 Oct. 2019 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1884, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
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 26 Nov. 2022.

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