Definition of collotype in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkɒlətʌɪp/


[mass noun] Printing
1A process for making high-quality prints from a sheet of light-sensitive gelatin exposed photographically to the image without using a screen: [as modifier]: collotype printing
More example sentences
  • A higher, and more expensive, process is collotype printing, in which the photographic image is transferred to a gelatine-covered glass plate which accepts printing ink in different and subtle degrees.
  • Therefore it's no wonder only a handful of collotype studios are still existing in the world today.
  • Printing high quality collotype illustrations for books was a decent size industry at one time.
1.1 [count noun] A print made using the collotype process.
Example sentences
  • On loan from a private collection, these images-in a wide variety of formats including collotypes and hand-tinted photographs-show Huffman's skills and the various stages of his career.
  • A distillation occurs in the self-portrait Palindrome, a collotype that Hamilton laminated in the lenticular acrylic used in 3 - D postcards.
  • Postcards with ` Albertype’ printed on back are collotypes and usually date to the earlier 1900s.


Late 19th century: from Greek kolla 'glue' + type.

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