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pictorial

[pik-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-ee-uh l] /pɪkˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr i əl/
adjective
1.
pertaining to, expressed in, or of the nature of a picture.
2.
illustrated by or containing pictures:
a pictorial history.
3.
of or relating to the art of painting and drawing pictures, the pictures themselves, or their makers:
the pictorial masterpieces of the Renaissance.
4.
having or suggesting the visual appeal or imagery of a picture:
a pictorial metaphor.
noun
5.
a periodical in which pictures constitute an important feature.
6.
a magazine feature that is primarily photographic.
Origin
1640-1650
1640-50; < Latin pictōri(us) of painting (pic-, variant stem of pingere to paint + -tōrius -tory1) + -al1
Related forms
pictorially, adverb
pictorialness, noun
nonpictorial, adjective
nonpictorially, adverb
semipictorial, adjective
semipictorially, adverb
unpictorial, adjective
unpictorially, adverb
Synonyms
4. picturesque, vivid, striking, telling.
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British Dictionary definitions for pictorials

pictorial

/pɪkˈtɔːrɪəl/
adjective
1.
relating to, consisting of, or expressed by pictures
2.
(of books, newspapers, etc) containing pictures
3.
of or relating to painting or drawing
4.
(of language, style, etc) suggesting a picture; vivid; graphic
noun
5.
  1. a magazine, newspaper, etc, containing many pictures
  2. (capital when part of a name): the Sunday Pictorial
Derived Forms
pictorially, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin pictōrius, from Latin pictor painter, from pingere to paint
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Word Origin and History for pictorials

pictorial

adj.

1640s, from Latin pictorius "of a painter," from pictor "painter," from past participle stem of pingere "to make pictures" (see paint (v.)) + -al (1). The noun meaning "journal in which pictures are the main feature" is first recorded 1844. Related: Pictorially.

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