photograph [foh-tuh-graf, -grahf] Word Origin noun

  1. a picture produced by photography.

verb (used with object)

  1. to take a photograph of.

verb (used without object)

  1. to practice photography.
  2. to be photographed or be suitable for being photographed in some specified way: The children photograph well.

Origin of photograph First recorded in 1839; photo- + -graph Related formspho·to·graph·a·ble, adjectivere·pho·to·graph, verb (used with object), nounun·pho·to·graph·a·ble, adjectiveun·pho·to·graphed, adjectivewell-pho·to·graphed, adjective British Dictionary definitions for well-photographed photograph noun

  1. an image of an object, person, scene, etc, in the form of a print or slide recorded by a camera on photosensitive materialOften shortened to: photo


  1. to take a photograph of (an object, person, scene, etc)

Word Origin and History for well-photographed photograph n.

1839, “picture obtained by photography,” coined by Sir John Herschel from photo- + -graph “instrument for recording; something written.” It won out over other suggestions, such as photogene and heliograph. Neo-Anglo-Saxonists prefer sunprint. The verb, as well as photography, are first found in a paper read before the Royal Society on March 14, 1839.

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