[ law-guh-gram, log-uh- ]
/ ˈlɔ gəˌgræm, ˈlɒg ə- /


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-/.

Nearby words

  1. lognormally,
  2. logo,
  3. logo-,
  4. logocentric,
  5. logocentrism,
  6. logogrammatic,
  7. logograph,
  8. logographic,
  9. logography,
  10. logogriph

Origin of logogram

First recorded in 1810–20; logo- + -gram1

Related formslog·o·gram·mat·ic [law-guh-gruh-mat-ik, log-uh-] /ˌlɔ gə grəˈmæt ɪk, ˌlɒg ə-/, adjectivelog·o·gram·mat·i·cal·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for logogram


logograph (ˈlɒɡəˌɡrɑːf, -ˌɡræf)

/ (ˈlɒɡəˌɡræm) /


a single symbol representing an entire morpheme, word, or phrase, as for example the symbol (%) meaning per cent
Derived Formslogogrammatic (ˌlɒɡəɡrəˈmætɪk), logographic (ˌlɒɡəˈɡræfɪk) or logographical, adjectivelogogrammatically or logographically, adverb

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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."

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