autograph

noun
au·​to·​graph | \ ˈȯ-tə-ˌgraf How to pronounce autograph (audio) \

Definition of autograph

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: something written or made with one's own hand:
a : an original manuscript or work of art
b : a person's handwritten signature

autograph

adjective

Definition of autograph (Entry 2 of 3)

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

autograph

verb
autographed; autographing; autographs

Definition of autograph (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to write with one's own hand
2 : to write one's signature in or on autograph a book

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Other Words from autograph

Noun

autography \ ȯ-​ˈtä-​grə-​fē How to pronounce autography (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for autograph

Synonyms: Noun

hand, John Hancock, signature

Synonyms: Verb

ink, sign, subscribe

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Examples of autograph in a Sentence

Noun

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

Verb

asked the baseball player to autograph the bill of his cap
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

There are autograph sessions with big names like Kyle Busch, Joey Logano and Austin Dillon, as well as live music with Linkin Bridge and James Reid Band, the SCC Ride of a Lifetime live auction, plenty of food, beer and fun. Luann Gibbs, Cincinnati.com, "Top 5 events in Cincinnati this weekend," 13 July 2018 Freshman McCormack was listed at 6-10, 260 last season at Oak Hill Academy and looked every bit of that Sunday while signing autographs at Self’s camp. Gary Bedore, kansascity, "KU forward Mitch Lightfoot puts on 16 pounds in preparation for battles with bigs," 3 June 2018 While the Royal family is allowed to accept flowers and shake hands, they aren't allowed to sign any autographs. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why The Royal Family Isn't Allowed to Sign Autographs," 1 Nov. 2017 To put into context just how iconic Luke Perry was in a pre-Riverdale world: In 1991, a Florida mall autograph signing that was expected to host 2,000 attendees turned into a stampede—10,000 people showed up to see Perry. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "How to Stream '90210' Right Now for a Dose of Nostalgia," 4 Mar. 2019 Fenty even posted an Instagram video of their fearless leader signing one for proof that the autographs are the real deal. Tess Garcia, Teen Vogue, "Rihanna Is Signing 20 Fenty Beauty Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter Palettes," 15 Dec. 2018 The autograph of Steve Miller is easily among the most legible, printed with almost typewriter precision. Chuck Yarborough, cleveland.com, "Rock Hall's new 'Experience' exhibit succeeds in creating more good memories (photos, review)," 15 Apr. 2018 Empty bottles and the autographs of cult producers like Pacalet and Domaine de L’Aglore adorn the walls and windows, and daily offerings are listed on a heavy black chalkboard. Melinda Joe, Condé Nast Traveler, "20 Best Bars in Tokyo," 27 Feb. 2018 But for 2018 as a whole, further strength in the greenback seems unlikely, no matter whose autograph is on the bills. The Economist, "Playing ketchup to the dollarValue matters again in currency markets," 18 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Lamar Jackson is coming back to the Louisville area this weekend when the former University of Louisville quarterback holds two autograph signing events at Planet Fitness clubs. Jake Lourim, The Courier-Journal, "Lamar Jackson will be in town to sign autographs this weekend," 9 Jan. 2018 That attracted autograph seekers and fans waiting for Manning to arrive. Clifton Brown, Indianapolis Star, "Peyton Manning's mancave for 14 seasons in Indy was St. Elmo Steak House," 5 Oct. 2017 Gates open at 5 p.m. with a free driver autograph session before fireworks at 9 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults; children younger than 13 get in free; tickets can be bought at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-455-3267. charlotteobserver, "Your guide to fun, fireworks to celebrate the Fourth of July in the Charlotte area," 26 June 2017 Autograph tickets will be sold at the door for $10 per autograph. Pete Grathoff, kansascity.com, "Former Chiefs, Royals will sign autographs to raise money for Independence officer Thomas Wagstaff," 27 Apr. 2017 Also featured will be an autograph appearance by NASCAR's Cody Lane, a kids area with bounce houses and face painting, and a beer and wine area. Michele Miller, Tampa Bay Times, "Improvements promised for second SunWest Park Crab and Shrimp Festival," 21 Feb. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The guest of honor for the evening was frequent Vogue contributor François Halard, who autographed some of his own rare and out-of-print titles. Marley Marius, Vogue, "Bibliophiles Rejoice! L.A. Has a Cool New Bookstore—Nicole Richie and Jeffrey Deitch Are Already Fans," 19 Mar. 2019 James McAvoy McAvoy shared a bathroom mirror pic that gave us MySpace flashbacks, except his selfie was way cooler than our middle school snaps because a few celebrities autographed his white button-up shirt with a red sharpie. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Best Celebrity Instagrams from the 2019 Oscars," 24 Feb. 2019 While the rest of her family were getting cars for Christmas in 2016, Khloé Kardashian received pics of the late Marilyn Monroe, autographed by the photographers. Stacey Grant, Seventeen, "14 Most Outrageous and Bizarre Christmas Gifts Celebs Have Given Each Other," 7 Nov. 2018 Tiger will autograph the bag and then auction it off on Charity Buzz. Adam Woodard, USA TODAY, "Tiger Tracker: Follow Tiger Woods' Saturday round at his tournament, the Quicken Loans National," 30 June 2018 In addition to Duffy’s strikeout pledge, fans who donate $2 per strikeout will receive a Danny Duffy autographed baseball. Shawn Moran, kansascity, "Royals ace Danny Duffy doubles down on charity work | The Kansas City Star," 16 Mar. 2018 Police returned the hat to Richard following the arrest, but the teen also received a duplicate hat -- autographed by President Trump. Stephen Sorace, Fox News, "Man accused of stealing teen's MAGA hat indicted by grand jury," 31 Aug. 2018 Sitting in front of his locker, Manny Machado autographed a bright orange Baltimore Orioles jersey early Wednesday afternoon in the visiting clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park. Bob Brookover, Philly.com, "Manny Machado worth acquiring right now for Phillies | Bob Brookover," 5 July 2018 The last of those jerseys designed by Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton for the Charlotte Checkers minor league hockey team are up for auction on eBay, including one autographed by Newton himself. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "Jerseys that Panther Cam Newton designed for hockey team heads to auction | Charlotte Observer," 16 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of autograph

Noun

1605, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

circa 1676, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1817, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for autograph

Noun

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

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autograph

noun

English Language Learners Definition of autograph

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the signature of a famous person

autograph

verb

English Language Learners Definition of autograph (Entry 2 of 2)

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

autograph

noun
au·​to·​graph | \ ˈȯ-tə-ˌgraf How to pronounce autograph (audio) \

Kids Definition of autograph

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a person's signature written by hand

autograph

verb
autographed; autographing

Kids Definition of autograph (Entry 2 of 2)

: to write one's signature in or on autograph a book

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