snap·​shot ˈsnap-ˌshät How to pronounce snapshot (audio)
: a casual photograph made typically by an amateur with a small handheld camera
: an impression or view of something brief or transitory
a snapshot of life back then

Example Sentences

fans excitedly took snapshots of the rock star as he dashed into the hotel
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Word History

First Known Use

1890, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of snapshot was in 1890

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“Snapshot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition


snap·​shot ˈsnap-ˌshät How to pronounce snapshot (audio)
: a photograph taken usually with a small hand-held camera

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