noun \ˈ-tə-ˌgraf\

: the signature of a famous person

Full Definition of AUTOGRAPH

:  something written or made with one's own hand:
a :  an original manuscript or work of art
b :  a person's handwritten signature
au·tog·ra·phy \-ˈtä-grə-fē\ noun

Examples of AUTOGRAPH

  1. We asked her for her autograph.
  2. There were several autograph seekers outside the theater.


Late Latin autographum, from Latin, neuter of autographus written with one's own hand, from Greek autographos, from aut- + -graphos written — more at -graph
First Known Use: 1623

Related to AUTOGRAPH

Other Alphabet Terms

cuneiform, linear, minuscule, pictograph, rune, symbology, wedge



of a famous person : to write your signature in or on (something)

Full Definition of AUTOGRAPH

:  being in the writer's own handwriting :  not copied or duplicated <an autograph letter>

Examples of AUTOGRAPH

  1. <asked the baseball player to autograph the bill of his cap>

First Known Use of AUTOGRAPH

circa 1676



Definition of AUTOGRAPH

transitive verb
:  to write with one's own hand
:  to write one's signature in or on <autograph a book>

First Known Use of AUTOGRAPH



noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any manuscript handwritten by its author; in common usage, a handwritten signature. Aside from its value as a collector's item, an early or corrected draft of a work may show its stages of composition or “correct” final version. The earliest autograph signature of a famous person is probably the Cid's, dated 1096. There exist autographs of most of the great Renaissance figures, including Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Ludovico Ariosto. Since the 18th century, autograph material of notable people in the arts, sciences, or public life has been more abundant.


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