Definition of Polaroid in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpōləˌroid/


1Material in thin plastic sheets that produces a high degree of plane polarization in light passing through it.
1.1 (Polaroids) Sunglasses with lenses made Polaroid plastic.
2A photograph taken with a Polaroid camera.
Example sentences
  • The edge of a television screen can be seen and the Polaroid from the first photograph is subtly inserted in the rumpled sheets, implying that someone is underneath them.
  • ‘Get the pretty ones at the top,’ he says as he poses in the window of The Matchmaker pub for a photograph, the Polaroids spilling out from the pages of names and particulars.
  • Xavier Damon's work consists of Polaroids that are being enlarged to fairly large sizes.


1Denoting a type of camera with internal processing that produces a finished print rapidly after each exposure.
Example sentences
  • I have a couple of what I think of as toy cameras, an Action Sampler bought super-cheap and seldom used, a Polaroid camera that prints little stickers.
  • During some downtime several years ago, he hit on the idea of jamming a Polaroid camera to see if it would produce a double exposure, superimposing two separate images overtop one another.
  • It came to me after I'd finished posting about my new Polaroid camera a while back, and was Googling for more info.
1.1Denoting film for or a photograph taken with a Polaroid camera: a Polaroid snapshot
More example sentences
  • It will record the daylight present on the summer solstice on Polaroid film with no camera.
  • Depending on the tools used and the hand technique, the Polaroid film is manipulated to the artist's satisfaction.
  • The physical appearance of Polaroid prints can vary depending on the camera that was used to create them.


1930s: from polarize + -oid.

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Syllabification: Po·lar·oid

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