logogram

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n logogram a single written symbol that represents an entire word or phrase without indicating its pronunciation "7 is a logogram that is pronounced `seven' in English and `nanatsu' in Japanese"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Logogram A word letter; a phonogram, that, for the sake of brevity, represents a word; as, |, i. e., t, for it. Cf. Grammalogue.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n logogram A word-sign; a single written character, or a combination of characters regarded as a unit, representing a whole word. A logogram may be pictorial—that is, it may be an ideogram, such as the astronomical signs ☉ for the sun and ☽ for the moon; or it may be phonetic in its immediate origin—that is, it may be a single letter or set of letters standing as an abbreviation for the complete word, as c. for cent, s. for shilling; or, lastly, it may be such a letter or set of letters transferred from one language to another, losing its phonetic value, but still representing the same idea, as £ or lb. for the Latin libra, signifying and pronounced pound.
    • n logogram A versified puzzle containing synonyms of a number of words derived from a single word by recombining its letters, the solution depending upon the guessing of the derived words from the synonyms, and the discovery from the former of the original word. Thus, from curtain may be derived cur, curt, nut, etc., for which may be used in the puzzle dog, short, shell-fruit, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Logogram log′o-gram a sign which represents a word: a puzzle in which from an original word, by combinations of all or some of its letters, other words are formed, which again are concealed under synonymous expressions in a series of verses.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. lo`gos word + -gram,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. logos, word, gramma, letter.