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logogram

Syllabification: log·o·gram
Pronunciation: /ˈlôɡəˌɡram, ˈläɡə-
 
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Definition of logogram in English:

noun

A sign or character representing a word or phrase, such as those used in shorthand and some writing systems.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

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