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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [il-uh-strey-shuh n]
    • /ˌɪl əˈstreɪ ʃən/
    • /ˌɪl.əˈstreɪ.ʃən/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [il-uh-strey-shuh n]
    • /ˌɪl əˈstreɪ ʃən/

Definitions of illustration word

  • noun illustration something that illustrates, as a picture in a book or magazine. 1
  • noun illustration a comparison or an example intended for explanation or corroboration. 1
  • noun illustration the act or process of illuminating. 1
  • noun illustration the act of clarifying or explaining; elucidation. 1
  • noun illustration Archaic. illustriousness; distinction. 1
  • noun illustration A picture illustrating a book, newspaper, etc. 1

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Origin of illustration

First appearance:

before 1325
One of the 16% oldest English words
1325-75; Middle English < Latin illustrātiōn- (stem of illustrātiō) the act of making vivid, illustrating. See illustrate, -ion

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Parts of speech for Illustration


illustration popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 92% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

illustration usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for illustration

noun illustration

  • interpretation — the act of interpreting; elucidation; explication: This writer's work demands interpretation.
  • case — A particular case is a particular situation or incident, especially one that you are using as an individual example or instance of something.
  • clarification — to make (an idea, statement, etc.) clear or intelligible; to free from ambiguity.
  • specimen — a part or an individual taken as exemplifying a whole mass or number; a typical animal, plant, mineral, part, etc.
  • sample — a small part of anything or one of a number, intended to show the quality, style, or nature of the whole; specimen.

Antonyms for illustration

noun illustration

  • lustration — to purify by a propitiatory offering or other ceremonial method.

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