[id-ee-uh-graf, -grahf, ahy-dee-]


an ideogram.

Origin of ideograph

First recorded in 1825–35; ideo- + -graph
Related formsid·e·o·graph·ic [id-ee-uh-graf-ik, ahy-dee-] /ˌɪd i əˈgræf ɪk, ˌaɪ di-/, id·e·o·graph·i·cal, adjectiveid·e·o·graph·i·cal·ly, adverbun·id·e·o·graph·ic, adjectiveun·id·e·o·graph·i·cal, adjectiveun·id·e·o·graph·i·cal·ly, adverb
Can be confusedideograph idiograph Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for ideograph

Historical Examples of ideograph

  • The picture, the ideograph, the symbol—these are not the thing.

    Breaking Point

    James E. Gunn

  • For example, the ideograph for a "mess-mate" is a man and a fire.


    Ezra Pound

  • Its ideograph is the sign of the sun together with the sign of the moon.


    Ezra Pound

  • Most of these symbols are compounded of an ideograph and a letter of the alphabet.

  • Thus a chessboard was an ideograph, and stood for a gift, and sometimes a building.

Word Origin and History for ideograph

late 1830s, from comb. form of Greek idea (see idea) + -graph "instrument for recording; something written." Related: Ideographic (1822); ideographical.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper