Hieroglyph



[hahy-er-uh-glif-ik, hahy-ruh-] /ˌhaɪ ər əˈglɪf ɪk, ˌhaɪ rə-/

adjective
1.
Also, hieroglyphical. designating or pertaining to a pictographic script, particularly that of the ancient Egyptians, in which many of the symbols are conventionalized, recognizable pictures of the things represented.
2.
inscribed with hieroglyphic symbols.
3.
hard to decipher; hard to read.
noun
4.
Also, hieroglyph. a hieroglyphic symbol.
5.
Usually, hieroglyphics. hieroglyphic writing.
6.
a figure or symbol with a hidden meaning.
7.
hieroglyphics, handwriting, figures, characters, code, etc., difficult to decipher:
the confusing hieroglyphics of advanced mathematics.
/ˌhaɪərəˈɡlɪfɪk/
adjective
1.
of or relating to a form of writing using picture symbols, esp as used in ancient Egypt
2.
written with hieroglyphic symbols
3.
difficult to read or decipher
noun
4.
a picture or symbol representing an object, concept, or sound
5.
a symbol or picture that is difficult to read or decipher
n.

1590s, shortening of hieroglyphic (n.), 1590s; see hieroglyphic.

1580s (adj. and n.), from Late Latin hieroglyphicus, from Greek hieroglyphikos “hieroglyphic; of Egyptian writing,” from hieros “sacred” (see ire) + glyphe “carving,” from glyphein “to carve” (see glyph). Plutarch began the custom of using the adjective (ta hieroglyphika) as a noun.

Tagged:

Read Also:

  • Hieroglyphic

    [hahy-er-uh-glif-ik, hahy-ruh-] /ˌhaɪ ər əˈglɪf ɪk, ˌhaɪ rə-/ adjective 1. Also, hieroglyphical. designating or pertaining to a pictographic script, particularly that of the ancient Egyptians, in which many of the symbols are conventionalized, recognizable pictures of the things represented. 2. inscribed with hieroglyphic symbols. 3. hard to decipher; hard to read. noun 4. Also, hieroglyph. […]

  • Hieroglyphic-hittite

    noun 1. an extinct language of the Anatolian branch of Indo-European, written in a pictographic script in Syria c1200–c600 b.c.: the same language as written in cuneiform in Anatolia is known as Luwian.



  • Hieroglyphics

    [hahy-er-uh-glif-ik, hahy-ruh-] /ˌhaɪ ər əˈglɪf ɪk, ˌhaɪ rə-/ adjective 1. Also, hieroglyphical. designating or pertaining to a pictographic script, particularly that of the ancient Egyptians, in which many of the symbols are conventionalized, recognizable pictures of the things represented. 2. inscribed with hieroglyphic symbols. 3. hard to decipher; hard to read. noun 4. Also, hieroglyph. […]

  • Hieroglyphist

    [hahy-er-uh-glif-ist, hahy-ruh-, hahy-uh-rog-luh-fist, hahy-rog-] /ˌhaɪ ər əˈglɪf ɪst, ˌhaɪ rə-, ˌhaɪ əˈrɒg lə fɪst, haɪˈrɒg-/ noun 1. a person who studies hieroglyphics; hieroglyphologist. 2. a person who writes in hieroglyphics.



Disclaimer: Hieroglyph definition / meaning should not be considered complete, up to date, and is not intended to be used in place of a visit, consultation, or advice of a legal, medical, or any other professional. All content on this website is for informational purposes only.