ideogram

[ id-ee-uh-gram, ahy-dee- ]
/ ˈɪd i əˌgræm, ˈaɪ di- /
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noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. identity politics,
  2. identity sign,
  3. identity theft,
  4. identity theory,
  5. ideo-,
  6. ideograph,
  7. ideographic,
  8. ideography,
  9. ideokinetic apraxia,
  10. ideological

Origin of ideogram

First recorded in 1830–40; ideo- + -gram1

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British Dictionary definitions for ideogram

ideogram

ideograph (ˈɪdɪəʊˌɡrɑːf, -ˌɡræf)

/ (ˈɪdɪəʊˌɡræm) /

noun

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

ideogram

n.

1838, from comb. form of Greek idea (see idea) + -gram.

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