A sign or character representing a word or phrase, such as those used in shorthand and some ancient writing systems.‘The history of writing systems progresses from pictorial representations, to logograms, and eventually to the alphabet.’
symbol, mark, cipher, letter, character, numeral, figure, type, code, hieroglyph
- ‘A pictogram that stands for a specific idea or meaning is an ideogram; one that stands for an individual word is a logogram.’
- ‘Logotypes and logograms push typography in the direction of hieroglyphics, which tend to be looked at rather than read.’
- ‘In his later paintings he used quasi-Oriental calligraphic forms that he called logograms.’
Mid 19th century from Greek logos ‘word’ + -gram.
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