Definition of historiated in English:

historiated

Syllabification: his·to·ri·at·ed
Pronunciation: /hiˈstôrēˌātid
 
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adjective

(Of an initial letter in an illuminated manuscript) decorated with designs representing scenes from the text.
More example sentences
  • Numerous panels and illuminated miniatures or historiated initials survive and frequently appear on the art market.
  • These, too, were the work of several artists working simultaneously on numbers of quires on details such as historiated initials.
  • Interestingly in this context, a dove with a crown in his beak hovers right outside the opening and well-known historiated initial of Book I of Juliana's vita.

Origin

late 19th century: from French historié, past participle of historier in an obsolete sense 'illustrate', from medieval Latin historiare, from historia (see history).

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