Meaning of PICTURE in English



Pronunciation: ' pik-ch ə r

Function: noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Latin pictura, from pictus, past participle of pingere to paint ― more at PAINT

Date: 15th century

1 : a design or representation made by various means (as painting, drawing, or photography)

2 a : a description so vivid or graphic as to suggest a mental image or give an accurate idea of something <the book gives a detailed picture of what is happening> b : a mental image

3 : IMAGE , COPY <he was the picture of his father> <she was the very picture of health>

4 a : a transitory visible image or reproduction b : MOTION PICTURE c plural : MOVIES


6 : SITUATION <took a hard look at his financial picture >

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.