(noun, verb)


1. a visual representation (of an object or scene or person or abstraction) produced on a surface

- they showed us the pictures of their wedding

Similar word(s): icon, ikon, image

Definition categories: man–made, representation

2. graphic art consisting of an artistic composition made by applying paints to a surface

- a small painting by Picasso

- his pictures hang in the Louvre

Similar word(s): painting

Definition categories: man–made

3. a clear and telling mental image

- he described his mental picture of his assailant

- he had no clear picture of himself or his world

Similar word(s): impression

Definition categories: thought, image

4. a situation treated as an observable object

- the political picture is favorable

Similar word(s): scene

Definition categories: state, situation

5. illustrations used to decorate or explain a text

- the dictionary had many pictures

Definition categories: communication, illustration

6. a form of entertainment that enacts a story by sound and a sequence of images giving the illusion of continuous movement

Similar word(s): film, flick, movie, pic

Definition categories: communication, product, production, show

7. the visible part of a television transmission

- they could still receive the sound but the picture was gone

Similar word(s): video

Definition categories: communication

8. a graphic or vivid verbal description

- too often the narrative was interrupted by long word pictures

- the author gives a depressing picture of life in Poland

Similar word(s): characterization, delineation, depiction

Definition categories: communication, description

9. a typical example of some state or quality

- the very picture of a modern general

- she was the picture of despair

Definition categories: thought, exemplification, typification

10. a representation of a person or scene in the form of a print or transparent slide or in digital format

Similar word(s): exposure, photo, photograph, pic

Definition categories: man–made, representation

Sentences with picture as a noun:

- There was a picture hanging above the fireplace.

- I took a picture of the church.

- Casablanca is my all-time favorite picture.

- Let's go to the pictures.

- She's the very picture of health.

- The employment picture for the older middle class is not so good.

- You can just look at the election, you've got to look at the big picture.


1. imagine; conceive of; see in one's mind

Similar word(s): envision, fancy, figure, image, project, see, visualise, visualize

Definition categories: creation, envisage, ideate, imagine

2. show in, or as in, a picture

- This scene depicts country life

Similar word(s): depict, render, show

Definition categories: creation, interpret, represent