im·​ag·​ery | \ ˈi-mij-rē How to pronounce imagery (audio) , -mi-jə- \
plural imageries

Definition of imagery

1a : pictures produced by an imaging system
b : the product of image makers : images also : the art of making images
2 : figurative language
3 : mental images especially : the products of imagination

Examples of imagery in a Sentence

The book contains a great deal of sexual imagery. The movie was full of biblical imagery.
Recent Examples on the Web Swanson said his team decided to stop selling beers with Ocasio’s imagery after the lawsuit was filed on Monday. Ron Hurtibise,, 16 Nov. 2021 That little scene at the prairie-dog hunt was an early indication of the turn that the industry was taking, toward tactical weapons, styled and marketed with military imagery. Benjamin Wallace-wells, The New Yorker, 16 Nov. 2021 Manson fans are already aware of how Warner has flirted with totalitarian imagery, from using a lightning-bolt logo that looks similar to an SS insignia to the Night Porter chic of his Golden Age of Grotesque album rollout. Jason Newman, Rolling Stone, 15 Nov. 2021 Falcon Northwest has worked closely (and down to the wire) with Intel for the launch of Alder Lake and rather appropriately emblazoned the entire case with Intel imagery. Mitch Wallace, Forbes, 8 Nov. 2021 Walters, 37, told The Times that Manson, who has often experimented with Nazi imagery in his work, coerced her into participating in anti-Semitic and misogynist art collaborations. Los Angeles Times, 5 Nov. 2021 To verify legality, Imazon obtained data from the Environmental Licensing and Monitoring System (Simlam-PA) and cross-referenced it with the satellite imagery. Clarisa Diaz, Quartz, 2 Nov. 2021 Throughout the book, Evans uses anaphora in conjunction with evocative imagery. Washington Post, 27 Oct. 2021 And Empire just published not one but two covers with No Way Home imagery. Chris Smith, BGR, 24 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of imagery

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

History and Etymology for imagery

Middle English ymagerie "images portrayed in sculpture, painting, etc.," borrowed from Anglo-French, from ymage, image image entry 1 + -erie -ery

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30 Nov 2021

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“Imagery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of imagery

: pictures or photographs
: language that causes people to imagine pictures in their mind
: pictures of people or things in a work of art


im·​ag·​ery | \ ˈi-mij-rē How to pronounce imagery (audio) , -mi-jə- \

Kids Definition of imagery

: pictures or photographs of something satellite imagery


im·​ag·​ery | \ ˈim-ij-(ə-)rē How to pronounce imagery (audio) \
plural imageries

Medical Definition of imagery

: mental images eidetic imagery especially : the products of imagination psychotic imagery

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