[ hi-stawr-ee-ey-tid, -stohr- ]
/ hɪˈstɔr iˌeɪ tɪd, -ˈstoʊr- /


(especially of initial letters on an illuminated manuscript) decorated with animals, flowers, or other designs that have a narrative or symbolic purpose.

Nearby words

  1. histoplasmin,
  2. histoplasmoma,
  3. histoplasmosis,
  4. historian,
  5. historiaster,
  6. historic,
  7. historic episcopate,
  8. historic places trust,
  9. historical,
  10. historical fiction

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Examples from the Web for historiated

  • 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


/ (hɪˈstɔːrɪˌeɪtɪd) /


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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