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



    BrE BrE//ˈɪdiəɡræm//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪdiəɡræm//
    (also ideograph
    BrE BrE//ˈɪdiəɡrɑːf//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪdiəɡræf//
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  1. 1a symbol that is used in a writing system, for example Chinese, to represent the idea of a thing, rather than the sounds of a word
  2. 2(specialist) a sign or a symbol for something
  3. Word Originmid 19th cent.: from Greek idea ‘form’ + -gram(see gram).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: ideogram