Definition of "iconography" []

  • Pictorial illustration of a subject. (noun)
  • The collected representations illustrating a subject. (noun)
  • A set of specified or traditional symbolic forms associated with the subject or theme of a stylized work of art. (noun)
  • A treatise or book dealing with iconography. (noun)
  • The symbols used in a work of art or art movement (noun)

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.

  • The conventional significance attached to such symbols (noun)
  • A collection of pictures of a particular subject, such as Christ (noun)
  • The representation of the subjects of icons or portraits, esp on coins (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "iconography" in a sentence
  • "The word iconography comes from the Greek word εἰκονογραφία; in modern usage iconography is a de - scription and/or interpretation of the content of works of art and therefore its history belongs to the history of human ideas."
  • "I ask her questions about her iconography, and she acts as though she has no idea what the word iconography even means."
  • "And what surprised me in the Tennessee case is that that whole iconography from the early republic seems to have been lost in this sense of quid quo pro - if you give me money, I will protect you."