from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A picture representing a word or idea; a hieroglyph.
  • n. A record in hieroglyphic symbols.
  • n. A pictorial representation of numerical data or relationships, especially a graph, but having each value represented by a proportional number of pictures.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a picture that represents a word or an idea; a hieroglyph
  • n. a graphic character
  • n. a graph that represents numerical data using pictures.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A picture or hieroglyph representing and expressing an idea.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A pictorial symbol or sign, or a record or writing composed of such pictorial signs: as, the pictographs of the North American Indians.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a graphic character used in picture writing


Latin pictus, past participle of pingere, to paint; see peig- in Indo-European roots + -graph.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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