snap·shot | \ˈsnap-ˌshät \

Definition of snapshot 

1 : a casual photograph made typically by an amateur with a small handheld camera

2 : an impression or view of something brief or transitory a snapshot of life back then

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Synonyms for snapshot


photo, photograph, pic, print, shot, snap

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Examples of snapshot in a Sentence

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

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Cameras captured a snapshot of the two elder royal siblings — their little brother, newly christened Prince Louis, most likely napping elsewhere — through a window in Buckingham Palace. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Princess Charlotte Had Some Adorable Attitude During the Royal Air Force Flypast," 10 July 2018 According to her Instagram Story, the sweet snapshot was taken on the Fourth of July. Dave Quinn,, "Baby Bliss! Eva Longoria Enjoys 'Morning Cuddles' with Her Newborn 'Angel' Son Santiago," 6 July 2018 They’ve been associated with the City Beautiful for more than a century — the subject of snapshots and postcards sent to the folks up North. Joy Wallace Dickinson,, "Lake Eola swans had mighty fierce forefather," 24 June 2018 Since then, Longoria has shared snapshots of her son sporting a mini jersey while supporting Mexico in the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Dave Quinn,, "Baby Bliss! Eva Longoria Enjoys 'Morning Cuddles' with Her Newborn 'Angel' Son Santiago," 6 July 2018 The weight of a nation’s torment was off his back, at least for a few sweet moments, and the World Cup had a snapshot for the ages: Lionel Messi climbing on someone else’s back. Bruce Jenkins,, "Lionel Messi lives, and Argentina moves on," 26 June 2018 Here's a snapshot of some of their key moments: April 1, 1904: Ford's board approves the purchase of land for the Piquette Plant, 461 Piquette Ave. in Detroit, which becomes the site where the Model T is designed. Detroit Free Press, "Key moments in Ford, Detroit train station history," 16 June 2018 See some of their revealing yet sophisticated photos below, courtesy of fans who shared snapshots from the tour book. Ashley Iasimone, Billboard, "Beyonce & JAY-Z Pose Nude in Intimate On the Run II Tour Book Photos," 10 June 2018 From go-get-'em quotes to outdoor exercise snapshots, a feed filled with positive fitness inspiration can put you in a strong, sweaty state of mind. Alexa Tucker, SELF, "11 Trainers to Follow on Instagram for Actually Doable At-Home Workouts," 24 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of snapshot

1890, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of snapshot was in 1890

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English Language Learners Definition of snapshot

: an informal photograph that is taken quickly

: a quick view or a small amount of information that tells you a little about what someone or something is like


snap·shot | \ˈsnap-ˌshät \

Kids Definition of snapshot

: a photograph taken usually with an inexpensive hand-held camera

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a state of commotion or excitement

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