[oh-lee-uh-graf, -grahf]


a chromolithograph printed in oil colors on canvas or cloth.

Origin of oleograph

First recorded in 1870–75; oleo- + -graph
Related formso·le·o·graph·ic [oh-lee-uh-graf-ik] /ˌoʊ li əˈgræf ɪk/, adjectiveo·le·og·ra·phy [oh-lee-og-ruh-fee] /ˌoʊ liˈɒg rə fi/, noun
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Historical Examples of oleograph

  • But, now, I cannot for the life of me remember whether there was such an oleograph or not.

    The Wonder

    J. D. Beresford

  • And his smile is as the smile of the rising sun in an oleograph.

  • How often his had heard her tell the story, how often expatiate on the beauties of that skilful imitation of an oleograph!

    Mortal Coils

    Aldous Huxley

  • Between the dirtysugar sands of the desert and the oleograph sky it was a third band of brilliant color, monstrously outofplace.

  • Attached to the bolster by a towel, under his father's bayonet and the oleograph depicting the Nativity, sat the baby.


    John Galsworthy

British Dictionary definitions for oleograph



a chromolithograph printed in oil colours to imitate the appearance of an oil painting
the pattern formed by a drop of oil spreading on water
Derived Formsoleographic (ˌəʊlɪəˈɡræfɪk), adjectiveoleography (ˌəʊlɪˈɒɡrəfɪ), noun
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