pictorial

adjective
pic·​to·​ri·​al | \ pik-ˈtȯr-ē-əl How to pronounce pictorial (audio) \

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 How to pronounce pictorially (audio) \ 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Published next month, Henry Eliot’s The Penguin Classics Book is essentially a catalogue and pictorial history of that company’s ongoing effort to make great works of literature available to everyone. Michael Dirda, Washington Post, "In praise of pretty books," 14 Aug. 2019 Others allow flowering branches and stems the free reign of the artist's arm-length gestures in a rhythmic pictorial dance that Claude Debussy could only attempt in music. Dallas News, "Return of the Lilies: Monet makes a triumphant encore at the Kimbell," 28 June 2019 The visual elements alone, like the opening pictorial key, are worth the price of the book. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "Virginia McAlester Is the Most Popular Architecture Writer in America," 6 June 2019 As the executive asks for numerous adjustments to her calendar, Cortana displays a pictorial representation of the calendar, but never apparently opens Outlook. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft's Cortana concept demo portrays her as a smart, competent AI assistant for the office," 6 May 2019 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 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 Trying to be respectful, one immigration official hands her a pictorial schedule without words. refinery29.com, "The Handmaid's Tale," 13 June 2018 Cars became more popular, and city leaders didn’t see a need for a subway, said Allen J. Singer, author of the 2003 pictorial history book, The Cincinnati Subway. Scott Wartman, Cincinnati.com, "The curse of the subway: A look at Cincinnati’s troubled century of mass transit," 25 Apr. 2018

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As EW’s Marc Snetiker analyzed, the four pictorials probably represent either the four classical elements (water, earth, fire, air) or the four Gregorian seasons (spring, summer, fall, winter). Christian Holub, EW.com, "Frozen 2 unveils new poster ahead of upcoming trailer," 10 June 2019 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 How to pronounce pictorial (audio) \

Kids Definition of pictorial

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

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