AskDefine | Define hieroglyph

Dictionary Definition



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

User Contributed Dictionary



First coined 1598, from hieroglyphic < hiéroglyphique < hieroglyphicus < ἱερογλυφικός < ἱερογλυφέω < ἱερός + γλύφω


  1. an element of an ideographic writing system


  • Finnish: hieroglyfi
  • German: Hieroglyphe
  • Russian: иероглиф (ieroglif)

Derived terms

Extensive Definition

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