pictograph

noun

pic·​to·​graph ˈpik-tə-ˌgraf How to pronounce pictograph (audio)
1
: an ancient or prehistoric drawing or painting on a rock wall
2
: one of the symbols belonging to a pictorial graphic system
3
: a diagram representing statistical data by pictorial forms
pictographic adjective

Examples of pictograph in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Aside from pictographs, Hueco Tanks is great for rock climbing, hiking, bird-watching, and camping. Amanda Ogle, Travel + Leisure, 6 Dec. 2023 Early humans first discovered this cave system some 5,000 years ago and left behind pictographs made by firelight. Brandy Schillace, WSJ, 29 Sep. 2023 Aside from looking for pictographs, visitors here can geocache, mountain bike, hike, and more. Amanda Ogle, Travel + Leisure, 3 June 2023 Additionally, Medicine Rock, a sacred spot with ancient pictographs used for rituals and healing, is also located at the base of Chokla. City News Service, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 July 2023 According to Emojipedia − the preeminent source for emoji meanings and news − the little sideways ROFL (rolling on the floor laughing) pictograph takes home the coveted ‘World Emoji Lifetime Achievement Award,’ among other kudos this year. Jennifer Jolly, USA TODAY, 17 July 2023 In California, there are century-old pictographs drawn by the Yokuts that appear to show a family of giant creatures with long, shaggy hair. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, 14 Mar. 2023 Hämäläinen and other historians use Lakota winter counts, pictographs drawn annually onto buffalo hides (and sometimes paper), to reconstruct the politics of the Native interior. Daniel Immerwahr, Harper's Magazine, 11 Oct. 2022 Haring made uninflected linear drawings almost exclusively glyphs and pictographs, like Paleolithic cave art with an agitated urban edge. Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times, 6 June 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Latin pictus + English -o- + -graph

First Known Use

1851, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of pictograph was in 1851

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Cite this Entry

“Pictograph.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pictograph. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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pictograph

noun
pic·​to·​graph ˈpik-tə-ˌgraf How to pronounce pictograph (audio)
1
: an ancient or prehistoric drawing or painting on a rock wall
2
: one of the symbols of a system of picture writing
3
: a diagram representing statistical information by pictures which can be varied in color, size, or number to indicate change
pictographic adjective

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