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

Other Words from autograph


autography \ ȯ-​ˈtä-​grə-​fē How to pronounce autograph (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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun After an autograph session, the group will take part in a pre-game parade on the warning track beginning at approximately 6:45 p.m. with a ceremony moderated by Anderson to follow. Todd Rosiak, Journal Sentinel, 5 Aug. 2022 Jones and Padres mascot Friar will be there for a special meet-and-greet photo and autograph session. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Apr. 2022 There’s pleasure in his voice, clearly distinguishable over the phone, as Gressett talks about encounters with folks who want to take selfies with him, get his autograph or simply wish him well. Mary Colurso |, al, 22 May 2022 She was thrilled to get his autograph at a card show at the Sandusky Mall in the early 2000s. Terry Pluto, cleveland, 7 May 2022 Immediately, a long queue of kids and adults formed to get his autograph. Los Angeles Times, 30 Apr. 2022 The July 30 practice at M&T Bank Stadium will begin at 7 p.m. and feature an autograph session for children and a fireworks and laser show. Jonas Shaffer, Baltimore Sun, 24 June 2022 Practice is set to begin at 9:30 a.m. and qualifying at 11 a.m. with the first race, the Midwest Tour last-chance qualifier, set for 1 p.m. The Midwest Tour autograph session is scheduled for 12:15 p.m. behind the grandstand. Dave Kallmann, Journal Sentinel, 15 June 2022 An autograph session for five of the inductees also is set for Aug. 4. Marc Bona, cleveland, 10 June 2022 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, 9 Jan. 2018 That attracted autograph seekers and fans waiting for Manning to arrive. Clifton Brown, Indianapolis Star, 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, 26 June 2017 Autograph tickets will be sold at the door for $10 per autograph. Pete Grathoff,, 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, 21 Feb. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Curry will autograph the shoes for auction on Wednesday on the NBA auction website with all proceeds going to the SagerStrong Foundation. oregonlive, 9 May 2022 Mochrie chatted with with someone while preparing to autograph a VHS tape, until the person reached to touch his head. Benjamin Vanhoose,, 2 Nov. 2021 Rose is expected to autograph the official Hard Rock Casino guitar, specially made for the casino’s memorabilia collection. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 8 Oct. 2021 Rose is expected to autograph the official Hard Rock Casino guitar, specially made for the casino's memorabilia collection. Emily Deletter, The Enquirer, 7 Oct. 2021 Unable to crack the mystery without bringing the show to a complete and awkward standstill, Stapleton offered to autograph the woman's sign. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 13 Sep. 2021 During the heady rise, someone asked him to autograph their arm. San Diego Union-Tribune, 31 Aug. 2021 Piña stopped by to autograph the gloves (plus a baseball) after the game. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 13 Aug. 2021 Still, the outrage that followed those fleeting glimpses of the assistant referee, Octavian Sobre, asking Erling Haaland to autograph his red and yellow cards felt a little overblown. New York Times, 9 Apr. 2021 See More

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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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13 Aug 2022

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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 your own signature in or on The famous author autographed the book.

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