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


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), da·guerre·o·typed, da·guerre·o·typ·ing.

to photograph by this process.

Origin of daguerreotype

1830–40; named after L. J. M. Daguerre; see -o-, -type
Related formsda·guerre·o·typ·er, da·guerre·o·typ·ist, nounda·guerre·o·typ·ic [duh-gair-uh-tip-ik, -ee-uh-tip-] /dəˌgɛər əˈtɪp ɪk, -i əˈtɪp-/, adjectiveda·guerre·o·typ·y, noun
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Examples from the Web for daguerreotype

Contemporary Examples of daguerreotype

  • We can feel her sensuality and willfulness in the first daguerreotype we have of Mary, taken in 1846, when she was twenty-seven.

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    Lincoln in Love

    Jerome Charyn

    February 14, 2014

Historical Examples of daguerreotype

  • I've got that daguerreotype I had took when I was married afore.

    Cap'n Eri

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • From the case she took a packet of letters and a daguerreotype.

    Keziah Coffin

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • He sent this daguerreotype, with instructions to trace up the young man, if possible.

    Dr. Sevier

    George W. Cable

  • The Frulein Martha von Froriep was the daguerreotype of her brother.

    Arthur O'Leary

    Charles James Lever

  • It was a daguerreotype of the beautiful young girl that Mercedes had been in 1845.

    Pirate Gold

    Frederic Jesup Stimson

British Dictionary definitions for daguerreotype



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 Formsdaguerreotyper or daguerreotypist, noundaguerreotypy, noun
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Word Origin and History for daguerreotype

1839, from French daguerreotype, coined from name of inventor, Louis Daguerre (1789-1851) + -type (see type (n.)).

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