- The definition of hieroglyphic is something associated with writing made up of pictorial symbols.
A writing system made up of pictorial symbols such as those used in ancient Egypt is an example of a writing system that would be described as hieroglyphic.
- Hieroglyphic is defined as writing made up of pictorial symbols.
Writing made up of pictorial symbols used by the ancient Egyptians is an example of hieroglyphic.
hieroglyphic definition by Webster's New World
- of, or having the nature of, hieroglyphics
- written in hieroglyphics
- hard to read or understand
Origin: French hiéroglyphique ; from Late Latin hieroglyphicus ; from Classical Greek hieroglyphikos ; from hieros, sacred (see hiero-) plush glyphein, to carve, hollow out: see glyph
- a picture or symbol representing a word, syllable, or sound, used by the ancient Egyptians and others instead of alphabetical letters
- a method of writing using hieroglyphics; picture writing
- a symbol, sign, etc. hard to understand
- writing hard to decipher
- hieroglyphically adverb
hieroglyphic definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. Of, relating to, or being a system of writing, such as that of ancient Egypt, in which pictorial symbols are used to represent meaning or sounds or a combination of meaning and sound.b. Written with such symbols.
- Difficult to read or decipher.
- a. A hieroglyph.b. Hieroglyphic writing, especially that of the ancient Egyptians. Often used in the plural with a singular or plural verb.
- Something, such as illegible or undecipherable writing, that is felt to resemble a hieroglyph.
Origin: French hiéroglyphique, from Late Latin hieroglyphicus, from Greek hierogluphikos : hieros, holy; see eis- in Indo-European roots + gluphē, carving (from gluphein, to carve; see gleubh- in Indo-European roots).
- hiˌer·o·glyphˈi·cal·ly adverb