illustration definition, meaning - what is illustration in the British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionaries Online

Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “illustration”

See all translations

illustration

noun [C or U] uk   us   /ˌɪl.əˈstreɪ.ʃən/

illustration noun [C or U] (PICTURE)

C1 a picture in a book, magazine, etc. or the process of illustrating something: a full-page illustration colour/black and white illustrations
More examples

illustration noun [C or U] (EXAMPLE)

C2 an example that explains or proves something: This delay is a perfect illustration of why we need a new computer system. A couple of examples are included, by way of illustration (= to show the meaning more clearly).
More examples
Translations of “illustration”
in Korean 삽화…
in Arabic رَسْم إيضاحي…
in Portuguese ilustração…
in Catalan il·lustració…
in Japanese イラスト…
in Italian illustrazione…
in Chinese (Traditional) 闡明, 例證,實例…
in Russian иллюстрация, пример…
in Turkish resim, şekil, (kitap…
in Chinese (Simplified) 阐明, 例证,实例…
in Polish ilustracja, przykład…
(Definition of illustration from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of illustration?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “illustration” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

generous

willing to give money, help, kindness, etc., especially more than is usual or expected

Word of the Day

She’s got very good posture. (How we stand and sit)

by Kate Woodford,
May 27, 2015
Recently on this blog, we looked at the words that we use to describe the way we move. This week we’re looking at words for describing our bodies when they are still, whether we are standing or sitting. Since most of us do far too much of this, let’s start with sitting.

Read More 

ebolaphobia noun

June 01, 2015
irrational fear of the (spread of) the Ebola virus Ebolaphobia Going Viral

Read More