Definition of cartogram in US English:



  • A map on which statistical information is shown in diagrammatic form.

    • ‘Fascinating cartograms of the election results can be found at this site.’
    • ‘Cosma Shalizi has put together a wonderful compilation of electoral college maps and cartograms.’
    • ‘Stephen North and colleagues have developed methods for computing cartograms and I used their approach to create a cartogram of the election results.’
    • ‘With the aid of a colour copier he managed to make a few copies of the cartogram.’
    • ‘Scroll down to Antonio Scarponi's cartogram of web citizens, where area on the map is proportional to number of users.’


Late 19th century: from French cartogramme, from carte ‘map or card’ + -gramme (from Greek gramma ‘thing written’).