from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Relating to, characterized by, or composed of pictures.
  • adj. Represented as if in a picture: pictorial prose.
  • adj. Illustrated by pictures: a pictorial history.
  • n. An illustrated periodical.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. of, relating to, composed of, or illustrated by pictures
  • adj. described or otherwise represented as if in a picture; graphic or vivid
  • adj. stylistically similar to a painting, especially following pictorial conventions (of a photograph) – see pictorialism
  • n. a newspaper or magazine with many pictures, or section thereof
  • n. an article primarily featuring many photographs, or simply a collection of photographs
  • n. a stamp featuring a vignette of local scenery or culture.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to pictures; illustrated by pictures; forming pictures; representing with the clearness of a picture

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to pictures or the making of them; relating to painting, drawing, etc.: as, the pictorial art.
  • Expressed or depicted in pictures; of the nature of a picture or of pictures; consisting of pictures or of pictured symbols: as, pictorial illustrations; pictorial writing.
  • Illustrated by or containing pictures or drawings: as, pictorial publications; a pictorial history.
  • n. A pictorially illustrated periodical.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. evoking lifelike images within the mind
  • n. a periodical (magazine or newspaper) containing many pictures
  • adj. pertaining to or consisting of pictures


From Latin pictōrius, from pictor, painter; see Pictor.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin pictus ("painted") (Wiktionary)



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