pictorial (adj.)

1640s, "of or pertaining to pictures or the making of them," with -al (1) + Latin pictorius "of a painter," from pictor "painter," from past participle stem of pingere "to make pictures" (see paint (v.)). Meaning "expressed or depicted in pictures" is from 1807; the sense of "illustrated by or containing pictures" is by 1826. The noun meaning "journal in which pictures are the main feature" is attested by 1844. Related: Pictorially.

updated on June 04, 2020

Definitions of pictorial from WordNet
pictorial (adj.)
pertaining to or consisting of pictures;
pictorial perspective
pictorial records
Synonyms: pictural
pictorial (adj.)
evoking lifelike images within the mind;
pictorial poetry and prose
Synonyms: graphic / lifelike / vivid
pictorial (n.)
a periodical (magazine or newspaper) containing many pictures;
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