Language tip of the week: picture

Posted by on November 28, 2013

Learn English with Macmillan DictionaryIn this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. These tips are usually based on areas of English which learners find difficult, e.g. spelling, grammar, collocation, synonyms, etc.

This week’s language tip helps with words used to talk and write about pictures:

painting: a picture that is made using paints
drawing: a picture that is made using a pen or pencils
sketch: a picture that you create quickly, often in preparation for a more detailed drawing or painting
illustration: a picture that appears in a book or magazine
portrait: a picture of a person
self-portrait: a picture of you that you draw or paint yourself
photograph: or photo a picture that is taken with a camera
snapshot: a photograph that is taken quickly, without someone paying much attention to detail
selfie: (informal) a photograph of you taken by yourself, usually for use in social media
print: a picture that is made by copying an original picture many times

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