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



    BrE BrE//ɪˈmeɪɡəʊ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈmeɪɡoʊ//
    ; BrE BrE//ɪˈmɑːɡəʊ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈmɑːɡoʊ//
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  1. 1(psychology) a mental image of somebody as being perfect that you do not realize you have and that influences your behaviour
  2. 2(pl. imagos, imagines
    BrE BrE//ɪˈmeɪdʒɪniːz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈmeɪdʒɪniːz//
    ; BrE BrE//ɪˈmɑːdʒɪniːz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈmɑːdʒɪniːz//
    the final and fully developed adult stage of an insect, especially one with wings
  3. Word Originlate 18th cent. (in sense (2)): modern Latin use of Latin imago ‘image’. Sense (1) dates from the early 20th cent.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: imago