[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 ideographs

Historical Examples of ideographs

  • The latter is written by ideographs, and you must have a sign for each idea.

  • Their ideographs are like blood-stained battle flags to an old campaigner.


    Ezra Pound

  • This will give you an idea of our using Chinese ideographs in our sentences.

    A Fantasy of Far Japan

    Baron Kencho Suyematsu

  • The fourth difference is the difference of pronunciation of the Chinese ideographs, viz.

    A Fantasy of Far Japan

    Baron Kencho Suyematsu

  • It was a stone incised with Kyral's name in the ideographs of Shainsa.

    The Door Through Space

    Marion Zimmer Bradley

Word Origin and History for ideographs



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