Definition of logogram in English:


Line breaks: logo|gram
Pronunciation: /ˈlɒgə(ʊ)gram


  • A sign or character representing a word or phrase, such as those used in shorthand and some ancient writing systems.
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    • The history of writing systems progresses from pictorial representations, to logograms, and eventually to the alphabet.
    • A pictogram that stands for a specific idea or meaning is an ideogram; one that stands for an individual word is a logogram.
    • Logotypes and logograms push typography in the direction of hieroglyphics, which tend to be looked at rather than read.


mid 19th century: from Greek logos 'word' + -gram1.

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