Definitions for pictorialpɪkˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr i əl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pic•to•ri•alpɪkˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr i əl(adj.)

  1. pertaining to, expressed in, or of the nature of a picture.

  2. illustrated by or containing pictures:

    a pictorial history.

  3. of or pertaining to the art of painting and drawing pictures, the pictures themselves, or their makers.

    Category: Fine Arts

  4. having or suggesting the visual appeal or imagery of a picture:

    a pictorial metaphor.

  5. (n.)a periodical in which pictures constitute an important feature.

    Category: Journalism

  6. a magazine feature that is primarily photographic.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Journalism

Origin of pictorial:

1640–50; < L pictōri(us) of painting (pic-, var. s. of pingere to paint+ -tōrius -tory1) + -al1


Princeton's WordNet

  1. pictorial(adj)

    a periodical (magazine or newspaper) containing many pictures

  2. pictorial, pictural(adj)

    pertaining to or consisting of pictures

    "pictorial perspective"; "pictorial records"

  3. graphic, lifelike, pictorial, vivid(adj)

    evoking lifelike images within the mind

    "pictorial poetry and prose"; "graphic accounts of battle"; "a lifelike portrait"; "a vivid description"


  1. pictorial(Noun)

    a newspaper or magazine with many pictures, or section thereof

  2. pictorial(Noun)

    an article primarily featuring many photographs, or simply a collection of photographs

  3. pictorial(Noun)

    a stamp featuring a vignette of local scenery or culture.

  4. pictorial(Adjective)

    of, relating to, composed of, or illustrated by pictures

  5. pictorial(Adjective)

    described or otherwise represented as if in a picture; graphic or vivid

  6. pictorial(Adjective)

    stylistically similar to a painting, especially following pictorial conventions u2013 see pictorialism

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pictorial(adj)

    of or pertaining to pictures; illustrated by pictures; forming pictures; representing with the clearness of a picture; as, a pictorial dictionary; a pictorial imagination

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having many pictures

a pictorial magazine.

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