[ il-uh-strey-shuhn ]
/ ˌɪl əˈstreɪ ʃən /


something that illustrates, as a picture in a book or magazine.
a comparison or an example intended for explanation or corroboration.
the act or process of illuminating.
the act of clarifying or explaining; elucidation.
Archaic. illustriousness; distinction.

Origin of illustration

1325–75; Middle English < Latin illustrātiōn- (stem of illustrātiō) the act of making vivid, illustrating. See illustrate, -ion

OTHER WORDS FROM illustration

synonym study for illustration

2. See case1. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for illustration

/ (ˌɪləˈstreɪʃən) /


pictorial matter used to explain or decorate a text
an example or demonstrationan illustration of his ability
the act of illustrating or the state of being illustrated

Derived forms of illustration

illustrational, adjective
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