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pictorial Syllabification: pic·to·ri·al
Pronunciation: /pikˈtôrēəl/

Definition of pictorial in English:


Of or expressed in pictures; illustrated: feelings presented in a pictorial form
More example sentences
  • Twelve illustrations, taken from pictorial representations in the Tracts, help establish the flavour of the period.
  • The solution was illustrated through a rich pictorial representation with icons representing computers, databases, and organizational functions.
  • The publishers have also been extremely fastidious in their selection of the book's 325 illustrations, providing a pictorial record spanning over a century and a half.
illustrated, in pictures, in picture form, in photographs, photographic, graphic


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A newspaper or periodical with pictures as a main feature.
Example sentences
  • From the start, the old pictorials used a remarkable diversity of images.
  • In 1875 an American Christian missionary edited and published a pictorial, Children's Monthly, designed specially for children with a large number of exquisite and beautiful pictures.


Pronunciation: /pikˈtôrēəlē/
Example sentences
  • A spokeswoman for the centre said: ‘Throughout his life, Lowry travelled the length and breadth of the country in order to paint and draw what struck him as pictorially significant.’
  • What with the costs of printing, cinema books don't always do their product justice pictorially, but this 450-page tome from the fine-art specialists is one of the most spectacular.
  • The works are frequently small and pictorially complex and, in his pioneering exploration of image/text art, Blake often demands that we decipher and read as much as we look.


Mid 17th century: from late Latin pictorius (from Latin pictor 'painter', from the verb pingere 'to paint') + -al.

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