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



Definition of autograph (Entry 2 of 3)

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


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

Synonyms for autograph

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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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 The Mississippi Community Education Center contracted Favre Enterprises to have Mr. Favre appear at several events, record promotions and provide autographs for marketing materials from July 1, 2017 through July 31, 2018, according to the audit. Neil Vigdor, New York Times, "Brett Favre to Repay $1.1 Million for Speeches He Didn’t Make, Auditor Says," 6 May 2020 Athletes could also sign autographs for money, sell their memorabilia, and be paid for personal appearances or providing sports instruction. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "NCAA may allow Division I athletes to earn from endorsements and sponsorships by 2021: Report," 23 Apr. 2020 Those rules keep players from signing autographs for cash, appearing on the covers of video games, and making money as social media influencers. Patrick Hruby, Washington Post, "How Fighting the NCAA Became a Bipartisan Sport," 17 Mar. 2020 That venue often is visited by the Valley’s pro athletes, who pose for photos and sign autographs for patrons. John Davis, azcentral, "End of the 'stampede' and other upgrades to greet patrons at Waste Management Phoenix Open," 27 Jan. 2020 The series will feature current and former Tigers signing autographs for free at Comerica Park before every Saturday home game this season. Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers' 2020 Winter Caravan schedule; how to get free autographs," 23 Jan. 2020 Tebow was signing autographs after a baseball game in October 2016 when a fan appeared to have a seizure. Alicia Lee, CNN, "Tim Tebow delivers message of redemption during livestreamed Easter sermon," 12 Apr. 2020 Giving players high fives and asking them to sign autographs with a pen a fan brought to the game could be off limits. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "Day 30 without sports 😭: How much have we missed in the last month?," 10 Apr. 2020 After everything was completed by late afternoon, Mr. Yankovic, true to form, stayed to sign autographs. Pia Peterson, New York Times, "A Group Picture That Just Had to Be Weird," 9 Apr. 2020 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 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,, "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 Gracie wanted to stay after the game, hoping McCoughtry would autograph the sign. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, "Angel McCoughtry made a young fan's dream come true when Louisville faced Team USA," 2 Feb. 2020 Liberty football players autograph a poster of head coach Hugh Freeze during a fan appreciation event. Los Angeles Times, "Look out Notre Dame, the Falwells have big plans for Liberty football," 27 Aug. 2019 There is also an official NFL football autographed by Justin Herbert which is available on sale for $75 off right now at $224.99. oregonlive, "Justin Herbert official LA Chargers jerseys, T-shirts now available to buy: Former Ducks star will wear No. 10 for Los Angeles," 24 Apr. 2020 Al came over, chatted with our son, posed for a picture, and later autographed that picture. Chris Thomas, Detroit Free Press, "We asked for epic stories of Al Kaline and Detroit Tigers fans. We got 'em," 9 Apr. 2020 Furthermore, Ball inserts his effigy into several of the pieces in the same way that Renaissance artists like Michelangelo or Raphael autographed their paintings by placing their portraits somewhere within their compositions. John Zotos, Dallas News, "Barry X Ball puts his own spin on classical sculpture in exhibition at Dallas’ Nasher," 18 Feb. 2020 The ball was donated by a man whose father asked Ruth to autograph it for him during a Ruth visit to Scranton, Pennsylvania, in the 1920s. Alice George, Smithsonian Magazine, "When the Yankees Got the Larger-Than-Life Babe Ruth," 24 Dec. 2019 Lee still gets a thrill, autographing books for fans. Tribune News Service,, "50 years of San Diego Comic-Con: What we’ve gained and lost in five decades of pop culture celebrations (See latest photos)," 18 July 2019 An Alabama jersey autographed by Tua Tagovailoa started at $250, but its current bid is double that amount. Chuck Schilken, Los Angeles Times, "Here’s how to help with coronavirus relief by dining with Bill Walton," 31 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of autograph


1605, in the meaning defined above


circa 1676, in the meaning defined above


1817, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for autograph


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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The first known use of autograph was in 1605

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20 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Autograph.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of autograph

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the signature of a famous person



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

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


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


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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