noun Printing.

a plate with a relief printing surface produced by photography.
any process for making such a plate.
a print made from it.

Origin of phototype

First recorded in 1855–60; photo- + -type
Related formspho·to·typ·ic [foh-tuh-tip-ik] /ˌfoʊ təˈtɪp ɪk/, adjectivepho·to·typ·i·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for phototype

Historical Examples of phototype

  • What the same eminent scholar gives us now is a reproduction in phototype of "L'Exemplaire."


    Clive Bell

  • The plates are phototype reproductions from photographs of Patroclus, taken in action by Baldwin Coolidge.

    Patroclus and Penelope

    Theodore Ayrault Dodge

  • To preserve anatomical accuracy, the finer results of both photography and of the phototype process have had to be sacrificed.

    Patroclus and Penelope

    Theodore Ayrault Dodge

  • Phototype, a block with impressions produced by photography from which engravings, &c., can be printed.

    The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

    Edited by Rev. James Wood

  • A phototype and a chromo-phototype, issued by the New Shakspere Society, are the best reproductions for the purposes of study.

British Dictionary definitions for phototype



  1. a printing plate produced by photography
  2. a print produced from such a plate


(tr) to reproduce (an illustration) using a phototype
Derived Formsphototypic (ˌfəʊtəʊˈtɪpɪk), adjectivephototypically, adverb
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