Definition of hieroglyph noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈhaɪərəɡlɪf//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhaɪərəɡlɪf//
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a picture or symbol of an object, representing a word, syllable or sound, especially as used in ancient Egyptian and other writing systems The meanings of ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs were unknown until the 19th century. Word Originlate 16th cent.: back-formation from hieroglyphic, from French hiéroglyphique, from Greek hierogluphikos, from hieros ‘sacred’ + gluphē ‘carving’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: hieroglyph