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[duh-gair-uh-tahyp, -ee-uh-tahyp] /dəˈgɛər əˌtaɪp, -i əˌtaɪp/
an obsolete photographic process, invented in 1839, in which a picture made on a silver surface sensitized with iodine was developed by exposure to mercury vapor.
a picture made by this process.
verb (used with object), daguerreotyped, daguerreotyping.
to photograph by this process.
Origin of daguerreotype
1830-40; named after L. J. M. Daguerre; see -o-, -type
Related forms
daguerreotyper, daguerreotypist, noun
[duh-gair-uh-tip-ik, -ee-uh-tip-] /dəˌgɛər əˈtɪp ɪk, -i əˈtɪp-/ (Show IPA),
daguerreotypy, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for daguerreotype
Contemporary Examples
  • We can feel her sensuality and willfulness in the first daguerreotype we have of Mary, taken in 1846, when she was twenty-seven.

    Lincoln in Love Jerome Charyn February 13, 2014
Historical Examples
  • The daguerreotype was followed in 1850 by the present "photograph."

    Invention Bradley A. Fiske
  • It was a daguerreotype, faded and silvered; but the features were those of his wife!

  • It was in 1840 that portraits were first taken by the daguerreotype process in this country.

    Great Facts Frederick C. Bakewell
  • She took a daguerreotype from the upper drawer, and gazed at it curiously.

    The Wizard's Daughter and Other Stories Margaret Collier Graham
  • Gerald handed the boy the daguerreotype of Todd as he spoke.

    '19,000' Burford Delannoy
  • I've got that daguerreotype I had took when I was married afore.

    Cap'n Eri Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • It was a daguerreotype, clear and soft as an engraving, representing Eva and her father sitting hand in hand.

    Uncle Tom's Cabin Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • The Frulein Martha von Froriep was the daguerreotype of her brother.

    Arthur O'Leary Charles James Lever
  • From the case she took a packet of letters and a daguerreotype.

    Keziah Coffin Joseph C. Lincoln
British Dictionary definitions for daguerreotype


one of the earliest photographic processes, in which the image was produced on iodine-sensitized silver and developed in mercury vapour
a photograph formed by this process
Derived Forms
daguerreotyper, daguerreotypist, noun
daguerreotypy, noun
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Word Origin and History for daguerreotype

1839, from French daguerreotype, coined from name of inventor, Louis Daguerre (1789-1851) + -type (see type (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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