- a written symbol that represents an idea or object directly rather than a particular word or speech sound, as a Chinese character.
- a written symbol, as 7, =, or &; a logogram.
Origin of ideogram
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An-na, ideogram for the god of heaven, plus phonetic complement.
The ideogram does not represent a word; it represents an idea.Books Before Typography
Frederick W. Hamilton
The idea conveyed by what we call the conjunction "and" is expressed in Chinese by an ideogram, viz.China and the Chinese
Herbert Allen Giles
The common Sumerian ideogram for the name of the Tigris is al-al, an intensified form of al, which means “running” or “rushing”.
"The ideogram for one, consisting of a single horizontal stroke, separates (and simultaneously unites) heaven and earth" (p. 5).The Civilization of Illiteracy
ideograph (ˈɪdɪəʊˌɡrɑːf, -ˌɡræf)
- a sign or symbol, used in such writing systems as those of China or Japan, that directly represents a concept, idea, or thing rather than a word or set of words for it
- any graphic sign or symbol, such as %, @, &, etc
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Word Origin and History for ideogram
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