noun, plural pho·to·cop·ies.

a photographic reproduction of a document, print, or the like.

verb (used with object), pho·to·cop·ied, pho·to·cop·y·ing.

to reproduce (a document, print, or the like) photographically.

Nearby words

  1. photoconduction,
  2. photoconductive,
  3. photoconductive cell,
  4. photoconductivity,
  5. photocopier,
  6. photocopying,
  7. photocurrent,
  8. photodecomposition,
  9. photodegradable,
  10. photodermatitis

Origin of photocopy

First recorded in 1920–25; photo- + copy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for photocopy


noun plural -copies

a photographic reproduction of written, printed, or graphic workSee also microcopy

verb -copies, -copying or -copied

to reproduce (written, printed, or graphic work) on photographic material
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Word Origin and History for photocopy



1924 in the sense of "make a photographic reproduction," from photo- "photographic" + copy (v.). The usual modern meaning arose 1942 with the advent of xerography. The noun is recorded from 1934. Related: Photocopied; photocopying.

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