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historiated

[ hi-stawr-ee-ey-tid, -stohr- ]
/ hɪˈstɔr iˌeɪ tɪd, -ˈstoʊr- /
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adjective
(especially of initial letters on an illuminated manuscript) decorated with animals, flowers, or other designs that have a narrative or symbolic purpose.
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Origin of historiated

First recorded in 1845–50; from Medieval Latin historiātus “narrated in pictures,” from historiat-, stem of historiāre, derivative of Latin historia “history” + -ed2; see origin at history
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How to use historiated in a sentence

  • It should be said, however, that his “historiated” or pictorial capitals are apparently original and mostly good.

    Fine Books|Alfred W. Pollard
  • These initials (when not historiated with little miniatures) were painted in colour upon a ground usually of gold.

    Palaeography|Bernard Quaritch

British Dictionary definitions for historiated

historiated
/ (hɪˈstɔːrɪˌeɪtɪd) /

adjective
decorated with flowers or animalsAlso: storiated

Word Origin for historiated

C19: from Medieval Latin historiāre to tell a story in pictures, from Latin historia story
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