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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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  • He came to me and offered to take him to a daguerreotypist who was then in town, and he (Thoreau) would see it well done.

  • Only the two rosy spots added by the daguerreotypist to the cheeks defy time and change, indestructible token of youth and ardor.

    Cape Breton Tales Harry James Smith
  • She was placed before the camera, the slide drawn, lens uncapped, and requested to sit there until the daguerreotypist returned.

  • While Mr. Hughes was in Glasgow he was very popular, not only as a daguerreotypist, but as a lecturer.

  • I was present, and remember seeing a lady daguerreotypist among the company, and she expressed her opinion quite decidedly.

British Dictionary definitions for daguerreotypist


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 daguerreotypist



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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