pic·​tog·​ra·​phy pik-ˈtä-grə-fē How to pronounce pictography (audio)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Some might fear that our dependence on emojis signals a backward step in civilization, a reversion to pictography and the limits of literal representation. Ligaya Mishan Melody Melamed, New York Times, 23 Nov. 2022 Ken Falk is a graphic designer, the kind of dad who, upon seeing a magazine ad, might provide an impromptu discourse on pictography. Chris Ballard, SI.com, 8 Mar. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1851, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pictography was in 1851

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“Pictography.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pictography. Accessed 1 Feb. 2023.

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