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[roh-tuh-gruh-vyoo r, -grey-vyer]
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  1. a photomechanical process by which pictures, typeset matter, etc., are printed from an intaglio copper cylinder.
  2. a print made by this process.
  3. a section of a newspaper consisting of pages printed by the rotogravure process; magazine section.
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Origin of rotogravure

1910–15; < German Rotogravur, orig. in the name of a Berlin printing firm (Rotogravur Deutsche Tiefdruck Gesellschaft), allegedly formed from the names of two other firms, Rotophot and Deutshe Photogravur AG; cf. photogravure, rotary
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Examples from the Web for rotogravure

Historical Examples

  • All photographs intended for reproduction by the half-tone or the rotogravure process should conform to certain requirements.

    How To Write Special Feature Articles

    Willard Grosvenor Bleyer

  • A few pictures on the other walls are mostly cheap prints cut out of the rotogravure section of the Sunday paper.

  • The rotogravure sections of Sunday papers contain many pictures of theatrical folks.

  • Remember those shots you took of the Governor that were printed in the rotogravure section?

    Whispering Walls

    Mildred A. Wirt

  • For your information: Our rotogravure supplement is printed a number of days in advance of the Sunday paper.

British Dictionary definitions for rotogravure


  1. a printing process using a cylinder etched with many small recesses, from which ink is transferred to a moving web of paper, plastic, etc, in a rotary press
  2. printed material produced in this way, esp magazines
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Often shortened to: roto

Word Origin

C20: from Latin rota wheel + gravure
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Word Origin and History for rotogravure


1913, from German Rotogravur (originally, in full, Deutsche Tiefdrück Gesellschaft), said to blend two corporate names, Rotophot and Deutsche Photogravur A.G. Etymologically, the roots are Latin rota "wheel, roller" (see rotary) and French gravure "engraving" (see gravure). The process was used for printing photo sections of newspapers and magazines, so that the word came to be used for these.

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