[ glif ]
/ glɪf /


a pictograph or hieroglyph.
a sculptured figure or relief carving.
Architecture. an ornamental channel or groove.

Origin of glyph

1720–30; < Greek glyph(ḗ) carving, derivative of glýphein to hollow out

Related forms

glyph·ic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for glyph


/ (ɡlɪf) /


a carved channel or groove, esp a vertical one as used on a Doric frieze
rare another word for hieroglyphic
any computer-generated character regarded in terms of its shape and bit pattern

Derived Forms

glyphic, adjective

Word Origin for glyph

C18: from French glyphe, from Greek gluphē carving, from gluphein to carve
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