- a conventional, abbreviated symbol for a frequently recurring word or phrase, as the symbol & for the word and.Also called log·o·graph [law-guh-graf, -grahf, log-uh-] /ˈlɔ gəˌgræf, -ˌgrɑf, ˈlɒg ə-/.
Origin of logogram
logograph (ˈlɒɡəˌɡrɑːf, -ˌɡræf)
- a single symbol representing an entire morpheme, word, or phrase, as for example the symbol (%) meaning per cent
Word Origin and History for logogram
"sign or character representing a word," 1840, from Greek logos (see logos) + -gram. Generically, "any symbol representing graphically a product, idea, etc." is from 1966. The earliest use of the word (1820) is in the sense "logograph," but OED explains this as a substitute "for logograph, which in this sense is itself a mistake for logogriph."