Definition of "daguerreotype" [da•guerre•o•type]

  • An early photographic process with the image made on a light-sensitive silver-coated metallic plate. (noun)
  • A photograph made by this process. (noun)
  • To make a daguerreotype of. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "daguerreotype" in a sentence
  • "When Louis heard the process referred to as the daguerreotype, he felt a sting of embarrassment; all the geriatric men of the Academy—patent-holders with hooded eyes, aldermen with aquiline noses and snuff pouches—peered in his direction."
  • ""The daguerreotype is the perfect medium for what I am trying to capture," said Mr. Fuss, standing next to a photograph of a child's toy rabbit, "because it is a mirror and a photograph at the same time, the mirror being the present and the photograph being the past – simultaneous memory, the past and the present at the same time.""
  • "[Page 411] 'daguerreotype' of what I felt, and written only because I had no soul then to speak to."