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ideograph Line breaks: ideo|graph
Pronunciation: /ˈɪdɪə(ʊ)ɡrɑːf/

Definition of ideograph in English:


Another term for ideogram.
Example sentences
  • Then ten years of school for learning the first thousand Chinese kanji ideographs, with thousands more to go.
  • Later to create more words, symbols were added to pictographs to form ideographs.
  • In Afrikan Alphabets, the author introduces a number of ideographs, pictographs and scripts devised and designed by Africans to express and represent a voice sound, a word, or an idea.


Pronunciation: /ɪdɪə(ʊ)ˈɡrafɪk/
Example sentences
  • Their system was an integrated technology of stylus, clay, and cuneiform that was at first pictographic and became in due course ideographic and syllabographic.
  • Object-naming tasks employ pictures, and kanji characters are ideographic and sometimes pictorial in nature.
  • The sad truth is that even chimpanzees and rats can learn to read simple ideographic language.
Pronunciation: /ɪdɪˈɒɡrəfi/
Example sentences
  • In traditional ideography, each of these has a distinct character.
  • There was no resemblance to the Greek alphabet English utilises; more like a coalition of Egyptian hieroglyphics and Chinese ideography.


Mid 19th century: from Greek idea 'form' + -graph.

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