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[ il-uh-strey-shuhn ]


  1. something that illustrates, as a picture in a book or magazine.
  2. a comparison or an example intended for explanation or corroboration.

    Synonyms: explication

  3. the act or process of illuminating.
  4. the act of clarifying or explaining; elucidation.
  5. Archaic. illustriousness; distinction.


/ ˌɪləˈstreɪʃən /


  1. pictorial matter used to explain or decorate a text
  2. an example or demonstration

    an illustration of his ability

  3. the act of illustrating or the state of being illustrated

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Derived Forms

  • ˌillusˈtrational, adjective

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Other Words From

  • nonil·lus·tration noun
  • over·illus·tration noun
  • preil·lus·tration noun
  • reil·lus·tration noun
  • super·illus·tration noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of illustration1

First recorded in 1325–75; Middle English, from Latin illustrātiōn- (stem of illustrātiō ) “the act of making vivid, illustrating”; illustrate, -ion

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Synonym Study

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Example Sentences

It’s also offering clients data visualization through its Smart Charts template and voiceover-accompanied animated illustrations through its B-School template.

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A massive information resource on topics and disciplines that Adobe products can help creatives pursue, from landscape and pet photography to children’s book illustration, audio editing, storyboarding, film effects, and more.

As an illustration, most luggage brands’ marketing content is chock-full of product features.

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Take a look at the illustration below to get an idea of what you should and should not do when it comes to URLs.

The contrast with the Wilson grand jury is a stunning illustration of the racial double standards in criminal justice.

It also offers an illustration about vaccine safety in general.

Family Guy is an incredible illustration of how male privilege is still the norm.

Now, its fantastic rooms house the first national museum focused solely on the art of American illustration.

His illustration Daybreak was once the most reproduced work of art in the world.

The "bad form" of telling a lie to the head-master is a later illustration of the same thing.

I have dwelt on this as an illustration of how irrecoverably a man loses his manhood when he is made a God.

One other illustration of this keen childish dialectic when face to face with the accuser deserves to be touched on.

No more admirable illustration can be found of the truth that the essence of defence lies in a vigorous local offence.

Our illustration (Fig. 8) gives a good idea of the appearance of a modern Hope-Jones console.