- 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 hieroglyphs
- 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
- [usually pl.] a method of writing using hieroglyphs; picture writing
- [pl.] writing that is 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”)