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[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.
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verb (used with object), da·guerre·o·typed, da·guerre·o·typ·ing.
  1. to photograph by this process.
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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 daguerreotypist

Historical Examples

  • He came to me and offered to take him to a daguerreotypist who was then in town, and he (Thoreau) would see it well done.

    The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, Volume VI, Familiar Letters

    Henry David Thoreau

  • Only the two rosy spots added by the daguerreotypist to the cheeks defy time and change, indestructible token of youth and ardor.

    Cape Breton Tales

    Harry James Smith

  • She was placed before the camera, the slide drawn, lens uncapped, and requested to sit there until the Daguerreotypist returned.

  • While Mr. Hughes was in Glasgow he was very popular, not only as a Daguerreotypist, but as a lecturer.

  • I was present, and remember seeing a lady Daguerreotypist among the company, and she expressed her opinion quite decidedly.

British Dictionary definitions for daguerreotypist


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



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

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