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[id-ee-uh-graf, -grahf, ahy-dee-] /ˈɪd i əˌgræf, -ˌgrɑf, ˈaɪ di-/
an ideogram.
Origin of ideograph
First recorded in 1825-35; ideo- + -graph
Related forms
[id-ee-uh-graf-ik, ahy-dee-] /ˌɪd i əˈgræf ɪk, ˌaɪ di-/ (Show IPA),
ideographical, adjective
ideographically, adverb
unideographic, adjective
unideographical, adjective
unideographically, adverb
Can be confused
ideograph, idiograph. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for ideographs
Historical Examples
  • The latter is written by ideographs, and you must have a sign for each idea.

    The Gist of Japan R. B. Peery
  • Their ideographs are like blood-stained battle flags to an old campaigner.

    Instigations Ezra Pound
  • The fourth difference is the difference of pronunciation of the Chinese ideographs, viz.

    A Fantasy of Far Japan Baron Kencho Suyematsu
  • This will give you an idea of our using Chinese ideographs in our sentences.

    A Fantasy of Far Japan Baron Kencho Suyematsu
  • It was a stone incised with Kyral's name in the ideographs of Shainsa.

    The Door Through Space Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • We are perfecting a medium to be used as long as Chinese ideographs have been.

  • The outside edge of this chart bore twenty-seven ideographs, which suggest or determine the song or speech required.

    The Swastika

    Thomas Wilson
  • Besides the simple letters there are also some two thousand syllabic signs and ideographs.

    The New York Obelisk Charles E. Moldenke
  • Many of the ideographs were too blurred to be legible, but he managed to make out "third month, the third day."

    Myths & Legends of Japan

    F. Hadland (Frederick Hadland) Davis
  • For example, the ideographs signifying rice or metal or water in Chinese were used to convey the same ideas in Japanese.

Word Origin and History for ideographs



late 1830s, from comb. form of Greek idea (see idea) + -graph "instrument for recording; something written." Related: Ideographic (1822); ideographical.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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