Definition of logogram in English:



  • A sign or character representing a word or phrase, such as those used in shorthand and some ancient writing systems.

    • ‘A pictogram that stands for a specific idea or meaning is an ideogram; one that stands for an individual word is a logogram.’
    • ‘In his later paintings he used quasi-Oriental calligraphic forms that he called logograms.’
    • ‘The history of writing systems progresses from pictorial representations, to logograms, and eventually to the alphabet.’
    • ‘Logotypes and logograms push typography in the direction of hieroglyphics, which tend to be looked at rather than read.’
    symbol, mark, cipher, letter, character, numeral, figure, type, code, hieroglyph
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Mid 19th century: from Greek logos ‘word’ + -gram.