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  1. facsimile(defs 1, 2).
  2. Photography.
    1. a process for producing permanent prints in a carbon pigment.
    2. a print made by this process.
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Origin of autotype

First recorded in 1850–55; auto-1 + type
Related formsau·to·typ·ic [aw-tuh-tip-ik] /ˌɔ təˈtɪp ɪk/, adjectiveau·to·typ·y [aw-tuh-tahy-pee] /ˈɔ təˌtaɪ pi/, noun
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Examples from the Web for autotype

Historical Examples

  • Some are in brown, some in blue, reproduced by the Autotype Company.

    The Life of James McNeill Whistler

    Elizabeth Robins Pennell

  • The Autotype Company, of London, manufacture a special "transparency" tissue.


    Henry R. Blaney

  • A certain amount of control can be kept over an autotype picture.


    Henry R. Blaney

  • Autogravure, aw-to-grav′ūr, n. a process of photo-engraving akin to autotype.

  • You may contemplate the entire gallery and succession in numismatic books, with autotype reproductions of these caricatures.

    The Confessions of a Collector

    William Carew Hazlitt

British Dictionary definitions for autotype


  1. a photographic process for producing prints in black and white, using a carbon pigment
  2. an exact copy of a manuscript, etc; facsimile
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Derived Formsautotypic (ˌɔːtəˈtɪpɪk), adjectiveautotypy, noun
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