Hieroglyph Definition

hīər-ə-glĭf, hīrə-
hieroglyphs
noun
hieroglyphs
A picture or symbol representing a word, syllable, or sound, used by the ancient Egyptians and others instead of alphabetical letters.
Webster's New World
A symbol, sign, etc. that is hard to understand.
Webster's New World
Something that suggests a hieroglyph.
American Heritage
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Other Word Forms of Hieroglyph

Noun

Singular:
hieroglyph
Plural:
hieroglyphs

Origin of Hieroglyph

  • First attested around 1598, a back-formation from hieroglyphic, from Middle French hiéroglyphique, from Late Latin hieroglyphicus, from Ancient Greek ἱερογλυφικός (hieroglyphikós), derivative of ἱερογλυφη (hieroglyphē, “hieroglyphs”), compound of ἱερός (hierós, “sacred, holy”) and γλύφη (glyphē, “carved work”), a translation of Ancient Egyptian

    From Wiktionary

  • mdw-nṯr (medu-netjer) "god's words".

    From Wiktionary

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