[ pik-tawr-ee-uhl, -tohr-ee-uhl ]
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  1. pertaining to, expressed in, or of the nature of a picture.

  2. illustrated by or containing pictures: a pictorial history.

  1. of or relating to the art of painting and drawing pictures, the pictures themselves, or their makers: the pictorial masterpieces of the Renaissance.

  2. having or suggesting the visual appeal or imagery of a picture: a pictorial metaphor.

  1. a periodical in which pictures constitute an important feature.

  2. a magazine feature that is primarily photographic.

Origin of pictorial

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

Other words for pictorial

Other words from pictorial

  • pic·to·ri·al·ly, adverb
  • pic·to·ri·al·ness, noun
  • non·pic·to·ri·al, adjective
  • non·pic·to·ri·al·ly, adverb
  • sem·i·pic·to·ri·al, adjective
  • sem·i·pic·to·ri·al·ly, adverb
  • un·pic·to·ri·al, adjective
  • un·pic·to·ri·al·ly, adverb

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How to use pictorial in a sentence

  • As a matter of fact many more words are used pictorially than we are inclined to think.

    Criminal Psychology | Hans Gross

British Dictionary definitions for pictorial


/ (pɪkˈtɔːrɪəl) /

  1. relating to, consisting of, or expressed by pictures

  2. (of books, newspapers, etc) containing pictures

  1. of or relating to painting or drawing

  2. (of language, style, etc) suggesting a picture; vivid; graphic

    • a magazine, newspaper, etc, containing many pictures

    • (capital when part of a name): the Sunday Pictorial

Origin of pictorial

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

Derived forms of pictorial

  • pictorially, adverb

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