Definition of photogenic in English:



  • 1(especially of a person) looking attractive in photographs or on film.

    ‘a photogenic child’
    • ‘We were very photogenic, apparently, as we seemed to attract many people with cameras as we congregated in one spot.’
    • ‘If you've seen the Merchants of Cool, conventional wisdom is that popular, photogenic people will always be cool and what kids will hope to attain.’
    • ‘A highly photogenic person, Rukmini has been captured at her best, both as a dancer and as a beautiful woman who wore her collection of temple jewellery like a princess.’
    • ‘Even though I've spent years of my life making other people look their best for photo ops, I myself am probably one of the least photogenic people in the western hemisphere.’
    • ‘Sharapova is just 17, and to go along with it, she is also the most photogenic person to appear on a tennis court in years.’
    • ‘Both are suitable for film, and the authors are incredibly photogenic, full of soulful, moody presence.’
    • ‘A cast of characters - including two photogenic victims, the heartbroken families, the detectives and, most oddly, the killer and his accomplice - had been introduced as they are in every Miss Marple.’
    • ‘In a 45-minute harangue in Brussels, flanked by a group of photogenic women bodyguards, he will have caused anxiety to those who have welcomed him back to the fold.’
    • ‘Kate's really an amazing person in that she does understand the camera and she is photogenic and she understands what it's like to be photographed so I do have big range of photographs of Kate.’
    • ‘Well, I'll tell you, he's got quite a photogenic family.’
    • ‘Despite her perfect bone structure and newly svelte frame, she is not the most photogenic celebrity in the business, often appearing hard and overly made-up in videos and photoshoots.’
    • ‘The photogenic couple, who first met on the set of the film Alfie, are now celebrating with a holiday in the Seychelles.’
    • ‘I just figured, look, I'm not photogenic anyway, so this'll just be a little worse.’
    • ‘A furniture salesman from Delaware, he has joined his older and more photogenic brother for the European leg of this promotional tour.’
    • ‘I want to see mummy serving cold baked beans to her photogenic children in their neatly fortified basement, as they listen to the radio for news of daddy.’
    • ‘Sometimes the less striking, less photogenic fellows can put one over their richer contemporaries.’
    • ‘Since then, the girl had believed she was not photogenic and gradually developed an inferiority complex.’
    • ‘Yet he is reasonably photogenic, cutting a dapper figure in a Western business suit.’
    • ‘The dandyish and photogenic candidate regularly upstaged most of the other contenders in the name of art.’
  • 2Biology
    (of an organism or tissue) producing or emitting light.

    ‘The ventral, or photogenic layer is the source of the light and is our concern here.’
    ‘The photogenic tissue is composed of four cell types each with distinctive morphology which suggests their function.’



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