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[foh-toh] /ˈfoʊ toʊ/
noun, plural photos.
Informal. photo finish.
Origin of photo
1855-60; shortened form of photograph Unabridged
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Examples from the web for photos
  • It provides a way to share updates, photos, and recommendations with friends and colleagues.
  • Many shared photos and stories with me, and some showed me their physical scars.
  • Other users can discover them based on this information as well as by browsing the photos.
  • So, the president has decided not to show the photos.
  • He was clearly enjoying himself, snapping photos, grinning and chatting.
  • There are the usual charming street photos, some gorgeous birds, plenty of bugs on flowers.
  • Or maybe the photos are cropped so that there is more blue sky on the left side of each.
  • They built a super platform you have to see the photos.
  • These nostalgic photos demonstrate the results of properly-spent funds in the manifestation of a worthy cause.
  • The sub took close-up photos of the amazing vent fauna and collected samples of organisms for identification.
British Dictionary definitions for photos


noun (pl) -tos
short for photograph (sense 1)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for photos



1860, shortening of photograph. The verb is first recorded 1865, from the noun. Photo finish is attested from 1936. Photo opportunity first recorded 1974.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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