Definition of illustration in English:


Syllabification: il·lus·tra·tion
Pronunciation: /ˌiləˈstrāSHən


  • 1A picture illustrating a book, newspaper, etc.: an illustration of a yacht
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    • Among the many illustrations in this new book are previously unpublished photographs by Warhol.
    • Wentzloff has been drawing children's book illustrations since she was only a child.
    • It was Mr. Kalliganur who did the cover design and also a few illustrations for all these books.
    picture, drawing, sketch, figure, image, plate, print, artwork; visual aid
  • 1.1An example serving to clarify or prove something: this accident is a graphic illustration of the disaster that’s waiting to happen
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    • What more graphic illustration of that very point can there be than their reaction to Moore's article.
    • He then gives a colourful and graphic illustration of the point.
    • David O. Russell used a similar effect in Three Kings as a graphic and terrifying illustration of what a gunshot can do.
  • 1.2The action or fact of illustrating something, either pictorially or by exemplification: by way of illustration, I refer to the following case
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    • This is a powerful tool, and the author's explanation and illustration should help players apply it to their own study.
    • By the close integration of text, commentary, and illustration, he gave the renaissance world a definitive anatomical thesis.
    • We focus on legislation, explanation, interpretation and illustration in the form of examples.
    exemplification, demonstration, showing; example, typical case, case in point, object lesson, analogy



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  • The only exceptions to this rule are a baseball card and a few purely illustrational reproductions of newspaper clippings or book covers.
  • Schad's graphic work, often anecdotal and illustrational, is evocative of George Grosz but without the muscle.
  • More illustrational than painterly in feel, they are still further evidence of Joyce's playful sensibility.


late Middle English (in the sense 'illumination; spiritual or intellectual enlightenment'): via Old French from Latin illustratio(n-), from the verb illustrare (see illustrate).

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