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Definition of "ideogram" [i•de•o•gram]

  • A character or symbol representing an idea or a thing without expressing the pronunciation of a particular word or words for it, as in the traffic sign commonly used for "no parking” or "parking prohibited.” Also called ideograph. (noun)
  • See logogram. (noun)
  • A graphic symbol, such as &, $, or @. (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.

Use "ideogram" in a sentence
  • "The ideogram was a merging of those of knife and foot."
  • "I deal in Chinese, where the "old language" mantra is repeated almost as often as the "ideogram" misnomer."
  • "The ideogram which is here rendered as kullulu -- "accursed" or "evil" -- might also be read as limuttu -- "baneful"."