[ duh-gair-uh-tahyp, -ee-uh-tahyp ]

  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

Other words from daguerreotype

  • da·guerre·o·typ·er, da·guerre·o·typ·ist, noun
  • da·guerre·o·typ·ic [duh-gair-uh-tip-ik, -ee-uh-tip-], /dəˌgɛər əˈtɪp ɪk, -i əˈtɪp-/, adjective
  • da·guerre·o·typ·y, noun

Words Nearby daguerreotype

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How to use daguerreotype in a sentence

  • And all this while the picture lay upon the bureau—the square, old-fashioned daguerreotype, which Katy shrank from opening.

    Family Pride | Mary J. Holmes

British Dictionary definitions for daguerreotype


/ (dəˈɡɛrəʊˌtaɪp) /

  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 forms of daguerreotype

  • daguerreotyper or daguerreotypist, noun
  • daguerreotypy, noun

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