Definition of pictorial in English:



  • Of or expressed in pictures; illustrated.

    ‘feelings presented in a pictorial form’
    • ‘The last panel, the pictorial panel, illustrates the specific hazard.’
    • ‘The following is a pictorial representation of the typical contents of my lunch bag.’
    • ‘The machine gives shapes to pictures, maps, graphs etc., thereby helping the visually challenged to ‘read’ the pictorial representations.’
    • ‘The prose is illustrative but not an illustration-its pictorial interest should be sufficient ‘above all in itself’.’
    • ‘The text was written first and he made a pictorial illustration from it.’
    • ‘The painting is one of the few pictorial representations of one of the greatest figures in Scots history.’
    • ‘In addition to the display of vegetables, flowers and produce, there will be a pictorial exhibition depicting the club over its 25 years.’
    • ‘For the Chinese, both the ideographic script and pictorial representation functioned as graphic signs that expressed meaning.’
    • ‘Twelve illustrations, taken from pictorial representations in the Tracts, help establish the flavour of the period.’
    • ‘The solution was illustrated through a rich pictorial representation with icons representing computers, databases, and organizational functions.’
    • ‘The publishers have also been extremely fastidious in their selection of the book's 325 illustrations, providing a pictorial record spanning over a century and a half.’
    • ‘Their collection of photographs contains a pictorial history of the hilly district.’
    • ‘This could indicate that the pictorial representation based on the picture was more effectively compared to a following picture than the pictorial representation based on a sentence.’
    • ‘I wanted a pictorial representation of my home, but I didn't want to spend ages carefully preparing shots.’
    • ‘She stumbled across these pre-1947 charts with pictorial representations and corresponding captions of ‘India before Independence’.’
    • ‘However, to pursue such an essentially pictorial question, illustrations and text need to be integrated.’
    • ‘The paintings are a pictorial representation of women in various forms and through different channels drawing out the meaning and nuances of each stroke.’
    • ‘Early pictorial representation, using graphic symbols, reads both horizontally along register lines and vertically in an open field in the picture surface.’
    • ‘Student sketches may then be incorporated into an illustration or a pictorial theme of their own choosing, or even a textile print.’
    • ‘I believe that reading children's pictorial books that depict the ancestry of different continents with children can make global education meaningful.’
    illustrated, with illustrations, with pictures, with drawings, with sketches
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  • A newspaper or periodical with pictures as a main feature.

    • ‘In 1875 an American Christian missionary edited and published a pictorial, Children's Monthly, designed specially for children with a large number of exquisite and beautiful pictures.’
    • ‘From the start, the old pictorials used a remarkable diversity of images.’


Mid 17th century: from late Latin pictorius (from Latin pictor ‘painter’, from the verb pingere ‘to paint’) + -al.