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[foh-tuh-gruh-vyoo r, -grey-vyer]
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  1. any of various processes, based on photography, by which an intaglio engraving is formed on a metal plate, from which ink reproductions are made.
  2. the plate.
  3. a print made from it.
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Origin of photogravure

First recorded in 1875–80; photo- + gravure
Related formspho·to·gra·vure·ist, noun
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Historical Examples

  • Handsomely illustrated with a series of portraits in etching and photogravure.

    Margaret Montfort

    Laura E. Richards

  • A photogravure forms the frontispiece to the present volume.

  • With a Frontispiece in Photogravure and many interesting Portraits.

  • With numerous Portraits, including two in Photogravure and one in Colour.

  • With a Photogravure Frontispiece and 16 other Illustrations.

British Dictionary definitions for photogravure


  1. any of various methods in which an intaglio plate for printing is produced by the use of photography
  2. matter printed from such a plate
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Former name: heliogravure

Word Origin

C19: from photo- + French gravure engraving
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