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noun, plural pix [piks] /pɪks/, pics. Slang.
  1. a movie.
  2. a photograph.
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Also pix.

Origin of pic1

First recorded in 1880–85; by shortening from picture


or pique

noun Piquet.
  1. the scoring of 30 points in the declaration of hands and in the play before one's opponent scores a point.
  2. the bonus of 30 points won for so scoring.
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Origin of pic2

< French: literally, prick
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Examples from the Web for pic

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Historical Examples

  • This bird is described, in natural history, as a genus of the order of Pic.

  • I found my pic and saw that it was linked to Van's, Jolu's, and Darryl's.

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow

  • By jove, Pic, you've got a wonder in that filly, but she'll not beat my fellow.

  • One can mount to a summer-house or to the summit of the Pic de Ger.

  • The natives around the Pic Eleia also speak much the same language.

    The Mafulu

    Robert W. Williamson

British Dictionary definitions for pic


noun plural pics or pix
  1. informal a photograph, picture, or illustration
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Word Origin

C20: shortened from picture
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for pic


1884 as a shortening of picture (n.). Short for motion picture from 1936. Colloquial piccy is recorded from 1889.

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