pictorial

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

Definition of pictorial

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of or relating to a painter, a painting, or the painting or drawing of pictures pictorial perspective
2a : of, relating to, or consisting of pictures pictorial records
b : illustrated by pictures pictorial weekly
c : consisting of or displaying the characteristics of pictographs
d : suggesting or conveying visual images pictorial poetry

pictorial

noun

Definition of pictorial (Entry 2 of 2)

: a periodical having much pictorial matter

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Other Words from pictorial

Adjective

pictorially \ pik-​ˈtȯr-​ē-​ə-​lē \ adverb
pictorialness noun

Synonyms for pictorial

Synonyms: Adjective

graphic (also graphical), imaginal, visual

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Examples of pictorial in a Sentence

Adjective

a pictorial record of the trip that photojournalist is planning to do a primarily pictorial report on the famine in Africa

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For viewers used to the post-Renaissance Western pictorial tradition, the representation of figures, time and space is a bit of a shock. Sharmila Mukherjee, The Seattle Times, "SAM’s ‘Peacock in the Desert’ opens the doors of our perception to the marvelous," 2 Jan. 2019 Why not place a clear pictorial symbol for a sun and a cloud instead, like what the Fujifilm Mini 9 has? Shannon Liao, The Verge, "The best instant camera for the beach," 10 Aug. 2018 The power of pictorial content in an institutional show of many, many works of art comes from selectivity and, however deceptive, modesty. Peter Plagens, WSJ, "‘George Shaw: A Corner of a Foreign Field’ Review: Solid, Quietly Poetic and Gently Political," 3 Oct. 2018 Archaeologists have found pictorial designs on ancient ceramic vessels from Ecuador and northern Peru that strongly resemble cacao pods. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Chocolate has an even earlier origin than we thought, new study finds," 29 Oct. 2018 Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve A rugged natural reserve with pictorial landscapes, perfect for either a quick hike or several days of exploration. Laura Ratliff, Condé Nast Traveler, "14 Best Things to Do in San Diego," 27 Feb. 2018 With figures and objects materializing in space from darkness and gloom, chiaroscuro could be a pictorial metaphor for enlightenment — the proverbial light bulb moment, or the visual equivalent of something dawning on you. Christopher Knight, latimes.com, "Out of the shadows and into the light: 'Chiaroscuro Woodcut' is a sleeper hit at LACMA," 5 July 2018 So the challenge Leonardo faced was finding a way to convey its drama and monumental significance in pictorial form. Robert E. Gordon, WSJ, "A Multi-Layered Drama," 13 July 2018 For the pictorial, Playboy connected Daniele with 1958 Playmate and fellow Bronx native Joyce Nizzari. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Playboy's Playmate of the Year Nina Daniele says she's a feminist: 'We’re not forced to pose nude'," 2 May 2018

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Playboy temporarily stopped featuring nude pictorials in 2015. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Playboy's Playmate of the Year Nina Daniele says she's a feminist: 'We’re not forced to pose nude'," 2 May 2018

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First Known Use of pictorial

Adjective

1646, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1844, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pictorial

Adjective

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

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The first known use of pictorial was in 1646

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pictorial

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of pictorial

: of or relating to painting or drawing

: having or using pictures

pictorial

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

Kids Definition of pictorial

1 : of or relating to pictures pictorial art
2 : having or using pictures a pictorial magazine

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