[hi-stawr-ee-ey-tid, -stohr-]


(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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Examples from the Web for historiated

Historical Examples of historiated

  • These initials (when not historiated with little miniatures) were painted in colour upon a ground usually of gold.


    Bernard Quaritch

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

    Fine Books

    Alfred W. Pollard

British Dictionary definitions for historiated



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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