- a pictograph or other symbolic character or sign, esp. when cut into a surface or carved in relief
- Archit. a vertical channel or groove
Origin of glyphClassical Greek glyph?, a carving from glyphein, to carve, cut from Indo-European base an unverified form gleubh- from source cleave
- Architecture A vertical groove, especially in a Doric column or frieze.
- A symbolic figure that is usually engraved or incised.
- A symbol, such as a stylized figure or arrow on a public sign, that imparts information nonverbally.
Origin of glyphGreek gluphē carving from gluphein to carve ; see gleubh- in Indo-European roots.
curved road ahead
First attested in 1727. From French glyphe, from Ancient Greek γλυφή (gluphē, “carving”), from γλύφω (gluphō, “I carve, engrave”).