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[duh-gair-uh-tahyp, -ee-uh-tahyp]
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  1. 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.
  2. a picture made by this process.
verb (used with object), da·guerre·o·typed, da·guerre·o·typ·ing.
  1. to photograph by this process.

Origin of daguerreotype

1830–40; named after L. J. M. Daguerre; see -o-, -type
Related formsda·guerre·o·typ·er, da·guerre·o·typ·ist, nounda·guerre·o·typ·ic [duh-gair-uh-tip-ik, -ee-uh-tip-] /dəˌgɛər əˈtɪp ɪk, -i əˈtɪp-/, adjectiveda·guerre·o·typ·y, noun
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  • I've got that daguerreotype I had took when I was married afore.

    Cap'n Eri

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • From the case she took a packet of letters and a daguerreotype.

    Keziah Coffin

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • He sent this daguerreotype, with instructions to trace up the young man, if possible.

    Dr. Sevier

    George W. Cable

  • The Frulein Martha von Froriep was the daguerreotype of her brother.

    Arthur O'Leary

    Charles James Lever

  • It was a daguerreotype of the beautiful young girl that Mercedes had been in 1845.

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    Frederic Jesup Stimson

British Dictionary definitions for daguerreotype


  1. one of the earliest photographic processes, in which the image was produced on iodine-sensitized silver and developed in mercury vapour
  2. a photograph formed by this process
Derived Formsdaguerreotyper or daguerreotypist, noundaguerreotypy, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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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