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



BrE BrE//ˈfəʊtəʊ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfoʊtoʊ//
(pl. photos) = photograph
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a colour/black-and-white photo a passport photo a photo album (= a book for keeping your photos in) I'll take a photo of you. The usual phrase in North American English is take a picture. Synonymsphotograph picture photo shot snapshot/​snap printThese are all words for a picture that has been made using a camera.photograph a picture that has been made using a camera:a photograph of the house Can I take a photograph?picture a photograph:We had our picture taken in front of the hotel.photo a photograph:a passport photophotograph, picture or photo?Photograph is slightly more formal and photo is slightly less formal. Picture is used especially in the context of photographs in newspapers, magazines and books.shot a photograph:I tried to get a shot of him in the water. Shot often places more emphasis on the process of taking the photograph, rather than the finished picture.snapshot/​snap an informal photograph that is taken quickly, and not by a professional photographer:holiday snapsprint a copy of a photograph that is produced from film or from a digital camera:a set of printsPatterns a colour photograph/​picture/​photo/​snap/​print to take a photograph/​picture/​photo/​shot/​snapshot Express YourselfDescribing a pictureIn some exams, you have to describe what you see in a picture or photograph. Here are some useful phrases: The picture shows a family gathered around a kitchen table. This is a picture/​photo of a busy city street. In the foreground/​background, we can see a group of protesters. In the bottom right-hand corner/​top left-hand corner, there's a child sitting alone. On the left/​on the right/​in the middle, someone is standing with a bottle in his hand. In the cartoon, we can see two people looking at a newspaper headline. The cartoonist has drawn the man to represent a typical businessman. Word Originmid 19th cent.: abbreviation.Extra examples Can I have my photo taken with you? Her wedding got a big photo spread in the magazine. His most treasured possession is a signed photo of his footballing hero. I can’t wait till the photos have been developed. I got some great photos of the party. Tell me who everyone is in the photo. The annual has a good range of features and colour action photos. The magazine has exclusive photos of the wedding. The press followed the President around the hospital, waiting for a photo opportunity. The race ended in a photo finish. The sun rising over the horizon would have made a good photo. We found a photo booth on the station. a photo of my son Edmund posing for a group photo the name on the photo ID Stand there and I’ll take your photo. a colour/​black-and-white/​passport photo a photo album
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: photo