pictograph

[ pik-tuh-graf, -grahf ]
/ ˈpɪk təˌgræf, -ˌgrɑf /

noun

a pictorial sign or symbol.
a record consisting of pictorial symbols, as a prehistoric cave drawing or a graph or chart with symbolic figures representing a certain number of people, cars, factories, etc.

QUIZZES

BEAT THE DOLDRUMS WITH THIS WORD OF THE DAY QUIZ!

We know you’ll tackle this quiz totis viribus! See how many words from the week of Oct 12–18, 2020 you get right!
Question 1 of 7
What does “Indigenous” mean?

Origin of pictograph

1850–55; <Latin pict(us) painted (see picture) + -o- + -graph

OTHER WORDS FROM pictograph

pic·to·graph·ic [pik-tuh-graf-ik], /ˌpɪk təˈgræf ɪk/, adjectivepic·to·graph·i·cal·ly, adverb
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for pictograph

British Dictionary definitions for pictograph

pictograph
/ (ˈpɪktəˌɡrɑːf, -ˌɡræf) /

noun

a picture or symbol standing for a word or group of words, as in written Chinese
a chart on which symbols are used to represent values, such as population levels or consumption

Derived forms of pictograph

pictographic (ˌpɪktəˈɡræfɪk), adjectivepictography (pɪkˈtɒɡrəfɪ), noun

Word Origin for pictograph

C19: from Latin pictus, from pingere to paint
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