Illustration - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˌɪləˈstreɪʃn|  American pronunciation of the word illustration
Brit.  |ɪləˈstreɪʃ(ə)n|  British pronunciation of the word illustration


- artwork that helps make something clear or attractive
- showing by example (syn: exemplification)
- an item of information that is typical of a class or group (syn: example, instance, representative)
- a visual representation (a picture or diagram) that is used make some subject more pleasing or easier to understand


The illustration on page 30 shows the parts of an engine.

a book with many photographs and illustrations

The illustrations that he provided in his speech were very effective.

They selected photographs to use for the illustration of the book.

Illustration is the key to good communication.

The book contains 62 pages of illustrations.

For the purposes of illustration, some of the more important symptoms are listed below.

Look at the illustration on the facing page.

...instanced one particular incident as an illustration of their penchant for practical jokes...

Word forms

singular: illustration
plural: illustrations
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