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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hieroglyph, hieroglyphicnoun

    writing that resembles hieroglyphics (usually by being illegible)

  2. hieroglyph, hieroglyphicnoun

    a writing system using picture symbols; used in ancient Egypt


  1. hieroglyphnoun

    An element of an ideographic (hieroglyphic) writing system.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary


    Etymology: hieroglyphe, French; ἱεϱὸς, sacred, and γλύφω, to carve.

    This hieroglyphick of the Egyptians was erected for parental affection, manifested in the protection of her young ones, when her nest was set on fire. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours.

    A lamp amongst the Egyptians is the hieroglyphick of life. John Wilkins, Dædalus.

    The first writing they used was only the single pictures and gravings of the things they would represent, which way of expression was afterwards called hieroglyphick. John Woodward.

    Between the statues obelisks were plac’d,
    And the learn’d walls with hieroglyphicks grac’d. Alexander Pope.

    No brute can endure the taste of strong liquor, and consequently it is against all the rules of hieroglyph to assign those animals as patrons of punch. Jonathan Swift.


  1. hieroglyph

    Egyptian hieroglyphs (, ) were the formal writing system used in Ancient Egypt for writing the Egyptian language. Hieroglyphs combined logographic, syllabic and alphabetic elements, with some 1,000 distinct characters. Cursive hieroglyphs were used for religious literature on papyrus and wood. The later hieratic and demotic Egyptian scripts were derived from hieroglyphic writing, as was the Proto-Sinaitic script that later evolved into the Phoenician alphabet. Through the Phoenician alphabet's major child systems (the Greek and Aramaic scripts), the Egyptian hieroglyphic script is ancestral to the majority of scripts in modern use, most prominently the Latin and Cyrillic scripts (through Greek) and the Arabic script, and possibly the Brahmic family of scripts (through Aramaic, Phoenician, and Greek). The use of hieroglyphic writing arose from proto-literate symbol systems in the Early Bronze Age, around the 32nd century BC (Naqada III), with the first decipherable sentence written in the Egyptian language dating to the Second Dynasty (28th century BC). Egyptian hieroglyphs developed into a mature writing system used for monumental inscription in the classical language of the Middle Kingdom period; during this period, the system made use of about 900 distinct signs. The use of this writing system continued through the New Kingdom and Late Period, and on into the Persian and Ptolemaic periods. Late survivals of hieroglyphic use are found well into the Roman period, extending into the 4th century AD.With the final closing of pagan temples in the 5th century, knowledge of hieroglyphic writing was lost. Although attempts were made, the script remained undeciphered throughout the Middle Ages and the early modern period. The decipherment of hieroglyphic writing was finally accomplished in the 1820s by Jean-François Champollion, with the help of the Rosetta Stone.The number of words contained in all Ancient Egyptian (i.e. hieroglyphic and hieratic) texts known today is approximately 5 million, and tends towards 10 million if counting duplicates (such as the Book of the Dead and the Coffin Texts) separately. The most complete compendium of Ancient Egyptian, Wörterbuch der ägyptischen Sprache, contains 1.5–1.7 million words.


  1. hieroglyph

    Hieroglyph is a form of writing used by ancient Egyptians that combines logographic, syllabic, and alphabetic elements. It involves a system of characters or symbols, often representing objects, animals or gods – carved or painted onto stone, pottery, papyrus or jewelry. It was a formal writing system mainly used for monumental or ritual purposes.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hieroglyphadjective

    alt. of Hieroglyphic


  1. Hieroglyph

    A hieroglyph is a character of the ancient Egyptian writing system. Logographic scripts that are pictographic in form in a way reminiscent of ancient Egyptian are also sometimes called "hieroglyphs". In Neoplatonism, especially during the Renaissance, a "hieroglyph" was an artistic representation of an esoteric idea, which Neoplatonists believed actual Egyptian hieroglyphs to be. The word hieroglyphics may refer to a hieroglyphic script.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hieroglyph in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hieroglyph in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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