Example: Chinese and Japanese are ideographic languages.
1 : a picture or symbol used in a system of writing to represent a thing or an idea but not a particular word or phrase for it especially : one that represents not the object pictured but some thing or idea that the object pictured is supposed to suggest
2 : logogram
Recent Examples on the Web Luxurious hotels, casinos, and nightclubs merge with gray buildings, European remains, and Taoist temples, in a city full of ideogram signs, and unmistakable smells and sounds.
— Popular Science, "The world’s most thrilling motorcycle race, in photos," 21 Jan. 2020
Spanish filled the airwaves; the ideograms and characters of Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, and other Asian languages covered the store signs, sparking an angry nativist movement.
— Héctor Tobar, The New Yorker, "The Assassin Next Door," 22 July 2019
First known use of "ideogram": 1838, in the meaning defined in no. 1
: a letter, symbol, or sign used to represent an entire word; the ampersand and dollar sign are logograms