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pictorial

[ pik-tawr-ee-uhl, -tohr-ee-uhl ]
/ pɪkˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr i əl /
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adjective

pertaining to, expressed in, or of the nature of a picture.
illustrated by or containing pictures: a pictorial history.
of or relating to the art of painting and drawing pictures, the pictures themselves, or their makers: the pictorial masterpieces of the Renaissance.
having or suggesting the visual appeal or imagery of a picture: a pictorial metaphor.

noun

a periodical in which pictures constitute an important feature.
a magazine feature that is primarily photographic.

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Origin of pictorial

1640–50; <Latin pictōri(us) of painting (pic-, variant stem of pingere to paint + -tōrius-tory1) + -al1

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British Dictionary definitions for pictorial

pictorial
/ (pɪkˈtɔːrɪəl) /

adjective

relating to, consisting of, or expressed by pictures
(of books, newspapers, etc) containing pictures
of or relating to painting or drawing
(of language, style, etc) suggesting a picture; vivid; graphic

noun

  1. a magazine, newspaper, etc, containing many pictures
  2. (capital when part of a name)the Sunday Pictorial

Derived forms of pictorial

pictorially, adverb

Word Origin for pictorial

C17: from Late Latin pictōrius, from Latin pictor painter, from pingere to paint
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