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pictorial

adjective pic·to·ri·al \ pik-ˈtȯr-ē-əl \
Updated on: 19 May 2018

Definition of pictorial

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

pictorially

play \pik-ˈtȯr-ē-ə-lē\ adverb

pictorialness

noun

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

Recent Examples of pictorial from the Web

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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

Definition of pictorial

: a periodical having much pictorial matter

Recent Examples of pictorial from the Web

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First Known Use of pictorial

1844

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PICTORIAL Defined for English Language Learners

pictorial

Definition of pictorial for English Language Learners

  • : of or relating to painting or drawing

  • : having or using pictures


PICTORIAL Defined for Kids

pictorial

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

Definition of pictorial for Students

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


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