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Dictionary Definition

hieroglyphic adj
1 resembling hieroglyphic writing [syn: hieroglyphical]
2 written in or belonging to a writing system using pictorial symbols [syn: hieroglyphical]


1 writing that resembles hieroglyphics (usually by being illegible) [syn: hieroglyph]
2 a writing system using picture symbols; used in ancient Egypt [syn: hieroglyph]

User Contributed Dictionary



First coined 1726, from hiéroglyphique < hieroglyphicus < ἱερογλυφικός < ἱερογλυφέω < ἱερός + γλύφω


  1. especially in plural a writing system of ancient Egypt and Maya civilizations, using pictorial symbols to represent individual sounds as a rebus
  2. any symbol used in this system; a hieroglyph
  3. In the context of "by extension": undecipherable handwriting


  1. of, relating to, or written with this system of symbols
  2. difficult to decipher


of, relating to, or written with this system of symbols
difficult to decipher

Extensive Definition

in popular culture
hieroglyphic in Tosk Albanian: Hieroglyphen
hieroglyphic in Catalan: Jeroglífic
hieroglyphic in German: Hieroglyphenschrift
hieroglyphic in Korean: 상형 문자
hieroglyphic in Kazakh: Иероглиф
hieroglyphic in Dutch: Hiëroglief
hieroglyphic in Japanese: 象形文字
hieroglyphic in Occitan (post 1500): Ieroglif
hieroglyphic in Russian: Иероглиф
hieroglyphic in Simple English: Hieroglyph
hieroglyphic in Serbo-Croatian: Hijeroglif
hieroglyphic in Serbian: Хијероглифи
hieroglyphic in Turkish: Hiyeroglif
hieroglyphic in Ukrainian: Ієрогліфи

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