- Also hi·er·o·glyph·i·cal. designating or pertaining to a pictographic script, particularly that of the ancient Egyptians, in which many of the symbols are conventionalized, recognizable pictures of the things represented.
- inscribed with hieroglyphic symbols.
- hard to decipher; hard to read.
- Also hi·er·o·glyph. a hieroglyphic symbol.
- Usually hieroglyphics. hieroglyphic writing.
- a figure or symbol with a hidden meaning.
- hieroglyphics, handwriting, figures, characters, code, etc., difficult to decipher: the confusing hieroglyphics of advanced mathematics.
Origin of hieroglyphic
Related Words for hieroglyphtype, figure, monogram, emblem, number, mark, cipher, letter, logo, device, numeral, sign, hieroglyph, rune, fundamentals, morphemes, elements, syllabary, symbols, ideograph
Examples from the Web for hieroglyph
Historical Examples of hieroglyph
His memorandum, indeed, was as cryptic as an Egyptian hieroglyph.The Borough Treasurer
Joseph Smith Fletcher
The god was never a symbol or hieroglyph representing the sun.A Miscellany of Men
G. K. Chesterton
For him a picture is more or less a hieroglyph or symbol of story.The Gentle Art of Making Enemies
James McNeill Whistler
Pierre knew very well what a hieroglyph was, but dared not speak.War and Peace
All in me and out of me is only the hieroglyph of a power which is like to me.The Philosophical Letters
- of or relating to a form of writing using picture symbols, esp as used in ancient Egypt
- written with hieroglyphic symbols
- difficult to read or decipher
- a picture or symbol representing an object, concept, or sound
- a symbol or picture that is difficult to read or decipher
Word Origin for hieroglyphic
1590s, shortening of hieroglyphic (n.), 1590s; see hieroglyphic.