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daguerreotype Line breaks: da¦guerreo|type
Pronunciation: /dəˈɡɛrətʌɪp/
(also daguerrotype)

Definition of daguerreotype in English:


A photograph taken by an early photographic process employing an iodine-sensitized silvered plate and mercury vapour.
Example sentences
  • This exhibition includes 115 photographs, negatives and daguerreotypes by Fox Talbot, one of the 19th-century founders of the photographic medium, and several of his contemporaries.
  • In the first three chapters of her book, Sandweiss focuses on early daguerreotypes taken by photographers during the Mexican-American War and by photographers employed to document early government expeditions to the West.
  • I now collect daguerreotypes, photographs taken by an early process using copper plating, and at the same time I have the latest digital camera.


Mid 19th century: from French daguerréotype, named after L.-J.-M. Daguerre (see Daguerre, Louis-Jacques-Mandé).

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