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pictorial

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adjective pic·to·ri·al \pik-ˈtȯr-ē-əl\

Definition of pictorial

  1. 1 :  of or relating to a painter, a painting, or the painting or drawing of pictures pictorial perspective

  2. 2a :  of, relating to, or consisting of pictures pictorial recordsb :  illustrated by pictures pictorial weeklyc :  consisting of or displaying the characteristics of pictographsd :  suggesting or conveying visual images pictorial poetry

pictorially

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pictorialness

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Examples of pictorial in a Sentence

  1. a pictorial record of the trip

  2. that photojournalist is planning to do a primarily pictorial report on the famine in Africa

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Origin and Etymology of pictorial

Late Latin pictorius, from Latin pictor painter — more at picturesque


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pictorial

noun pic·to·ri·al

Definition of pictorial

  1. :  a periodical having much pictorial matter

First Known Use of pictorial

1844


PICTORIAL Defined for English Language Learners

pictorial

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adjective

Definition of pictorial for English Language Learners

  • : of or relating to painting or drawing

  • : having or using pictures


PICTORIAL Defined for Kids

pictorial

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adjective pic·to·ri·al \pik-ˈtȯr-ē-əl\

Definition of pictorial for Students

  1. 1 :  of or relating to pictures pictorial art

  2. 2 :  having or using pictures a pictorial magazine



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