What does pictorial mean?

Definitions for pictorial
pɪkˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr i əlpic·to·ri·al

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pictorialadjective

    a periodical (magazine or newspaper) containing many pictures

  2. pictorial, picturaladjective

    pertaining to or consisting of pictures

    "pictorial perspective"; "pictorial records"

  3. graphic, lifelike, pictorial, vividadjective

    evoking lifelike images within the mind

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


  1. pictorialnoun

    a newspaper or magazine with many pictures, or section thereof

  2. pictorialnoun

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

  3. pictorialnoun

    a stamp featuring a vignette of local scenery or culture.

  4. pictorialadjective

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

  5. pictorialadjective

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

  6. pictorialadjective

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Pictorialadjective

    Produced by a painter. A word not adopted by other writers, but elegant and useful.

    Etymology: from pictor, Lat.

    Sea horses are but grotesco delineations, which fill up empty spaces in maps, as many pictorial inventions, not any physical shapes. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours.


  1. pictorial

    An image is a visual representation of something. It can be two-dimensional, three-dimensional, or somehow otherwise feed into the visual system to convey information. An image can be an artifact, such as a photograph or other two-dimensional picture, that resembles a subject. In the context of signal processing, an image is a distributed amplitude of color(s).In optics, the term "image" may refer specifically to a 2D image. An image does not have to use the entire visual system to be a visual representation. A popular example of this is of a greyscale image, which uses the visual system's sensitivity to brightness across all wavelengths, without taking into account different colors. A black and white visual representation of something is still an image, even though it does not make full use of the visual system's capabilities. Images are typically still, but in some cases can be moving or animated.


  1. pictorial

    Pictorial refers to anything that is expressed or illustrated using pictures or visual images. It is often associated with art, photography, maps, diagrams, or any representation that portrays an idea or concept visually rather than through written or spoken words.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pictorialadjective

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

  2. Etymology: [L. pictorius, fr. pictor a painter, fr. pingere to paint. See Paint.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pictorial in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pictorial in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of pictorial in a Sentence

  1. Natalie Herschdorfer:

    The Picasso of photography was the Picasso of photography, the Picasso of photography had a 70-year career covering the whole 20th Century. All the genres of modern photography are represented in The Picasso of photography work, from the pictorial style of the 1900s to the modernist period. It's very rare.

  2. Mick Fleetwood:

    The new book is a pictorial book, which stays very much focused on the beginnings of Fleetwood Mac -- 1967 thought the next eight years -- and it's very much regarding what drove us as young musicians, which was blues, it's really a journey that chronicles all of those early years that are mostly unknown in America.

  3. Paul Klee:

    The beautiful, which is perhaps inseparable from art, is not after all tied to the subject, but to the pictorial representation. In this way and in no other does art overcome the ugly without avoiding it.

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  • IllustrierteGerman
  • kuvallinen, maalauksellinen, kuvamerkki, kuvauksellinen, elävä, kuvalehti, kuvareportaasiFinnish
  • illustréFrench
  • चित्रमयHindi
  • צִיוּרִיHebrew
  • 画報Japanese
  • 화보Korean
  • ilustrowany magazynPolish
  • [[иллюстри́рованный]] [[журна́л]], карти́нныйRussian
  • họa báoVietnamese

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