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Definition of "photogenic" [pho•to•gen•ic]

  • Attractive as a subject for photography. (adjective)
  • Biology Producing or emitting light; phosphorescent: photogenic bacteria. (adjective)
  • Caused or produced by light: photogenic seizures. (adjective)

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 "photogenic" in a sentence
  • "While we are renewing last year's faded overall tans, the well-soaked British Columbia landscape will be progressively repainted in photogenic velvet green; emerald variations brushed onto sky-reaching cedars, ground-dwelling ferns and stubborn mosses by the tempests of winter wind and unrelenting rain."
  • "Rick: People are sometimes called photogenic and that doesn't always mean that they're good looking and attractive in the conventional sense."
  • "Other than her hairstyle she is the same Marina—loud voice, big eyes my mother calls photogenic, and a pudgy nose that my sister says typecasts her into character roles."