[ foh-tuh-graf, -grahf ]
/ ˈfoʊ təˌgræf, -ˌgrɑf /


a picture produced by photography.

verb (used with object)

to take a photograph of.

verb (used without object)

to practice photography.
to be photographed or be suitable for being photographed in some specified way: The children photograph well.

Nearby words

  1. photogenic,
  2. photogenic epilepsy,
  3. photogeology,
  4. photogram,
  5. photogrammetry,
  6. photographer,
  7. photographic,
  8. photography,
  9. photogravure,
  10. photoheliograph

Origin of photograph

First recorded in 1839; photo- + -graph

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for photograph


/ (ˈfəʊtəˌɡrɑːf, -ˌɡræf) /


an image of an object, person, scene, etc, in the form of a print or slide recorded by a camera on photosensitive materialOften shortened to: photo


to take a photograph of (an object, person, scene, etc)
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Word Origin and History for photograph



1839, "picture obtained by photography," coined by Sir John Herschel from photo- + -graph "instrument for recording; something written." It won out over other suggestions, such as photogene and heliograph. Neo-Anglo-Saxonists prefer sunprint. The verb, as well as photography, are first found in a paper read before the Royal Society on March 14, 1839.

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