[ am-bruh-tahyp ]

  1. an early type of photograph, made by placing a glass negative against a dark background.

Origin of ambrotype

1850–55, Americanism;<Greek ámbro(tos) immortal (see ambrosia) + -type

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How to use ambrotype in a sentence

  • She spent a sleepless night thinking it over, and finally decided to send a new ambrotype of herself, with a lock of her hair.

  • Suddenly Ellen Tiffton's story of the ambrotype flashed into 'Lina's mind.

    Bad Hugh | Mary Jane Holmes
  • I went to the "little" war; and of her I carried, as I marched, an ambrotype in a closed case, which I had obtained deviously.

    The Boss of Little Arcady | Harry Leon Wilson
  • There he took the ambrotype picture of her which is still extant, and then he was carried home again to die a few days later.

  • Before leaving town he handed Mr. Strong the ambrotype which we copy here.

British Dictionary definitions for ambrotype


/ (ˈæmbrəʊˌtaɪp) /

  1. photog an early type of glass negative that could be made to appear as a positive by backing it with black varnish or paper

Origin of ambrotype

C19: from Greek ambrotos immortal + -type; see ambrosia

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