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

Examples of pictogram in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Each card has a point value and a pictogram that tells you which tiles on the board the card affects relative to its position. Ash Parrish, The Verge, 26 Feb. 2024 Even a page with some lousy pictograms and mangled text that reads like it's been run through a translation tool three or four times would have been helpful. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, 22 Sep. 2023 The characters do sometimes speak, but in a language of pictograms—images of images that, in Zsako’s hands, convey emotions more efficiently than most text. Jessica Winter, The New Yorker, 16 Dec. 2023 There is a biodiversity crisis in our phones, according to a team of ecologists who have undertaken the most comprehensive survey to date on the flora and fauna of Emojipedia, the global directory of pictograms recognized by the international Unicode Standard. Corinne Purtill, Los Angeles Times, 12 Dec. 2023 The experts gave suggestions for making the directions easier to follow, including fitting them on a single panel and adding pictograms. Will Sullivan, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 Feb. 2023 The back label features pictograms showing the topography and viticultural practices. Lana Bortolot, Forbes, 23 Feb. 2023 That thought may or may not have factored into Elon Musk’s decision to have Twitter deploy the pictogram in response to all messages sent to the company’s media relations email address. David Meyer, Fortune, 20 Mar. 2023 The pictogram is a clever cross between two digital Unicode signs — the arcs denoting slumber, the slash designating confusion. Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times, 10 Mar. 2023

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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 19 Jun. 2024.

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