hieroglyphic[hī′ər ō′glif′ik, hī′rə glif′ik]
- 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.
- of, or having the nature of, hieroglyphics
- written in hieroglyphics
- hard to read or understand
Origin of hieroglyphicFrench hiéroglyphique ; from Late Latin hieroglyphicus ; from Classical Greek hieroglyphikos ; from hieros, sacred (see hiero-) + 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
- 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. often hieroglyphics (used with a sing. or pl. verb) Hieroglyphic writing, especially that of the ancient Egyptians.
- Something, such as illegible or undecipherable writing, that is felt to resemble a hieroglyph.
Origin of hieroglyphicFrench 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).
(comparative more hieroglyphic, superlative most hieroglyphic)
- of, relating to, or written with this system of symbols
- hieroglyphic writing
- hieroglyphic obelisk
- difficult to decipher
First coined 1726, from Middle French hiéroglyphique, from Latin hieroglyphicus, from Ancient Greek ἱερογλυφικός (hierogluphikos), from ἱερογλυφέω (hieroglupheō, “to represent hieroglyphically”), from ἱερός (hieros, “sacred, holy”) + γλύφω (gluphō, “to carve, to engrave, to cut out”)