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

Daily autograph sessions with Vikings players will be available only for fans age 18 and under and will take place following practice at approximately 4:30 p.m. on the TCO Stadium concourse. John Shipley, Twin Cities, "Vikings’ training camp begins July 26. New this year: No autographs for adults.," 20 June 2019 The team will celebrate the milestone this weekend, bringing out players past and present — including HOFers — for free autograph sessions, photo opps and panels, plus shopping, games, activities and a Bears history walk-through. Adam Lukach, chicagotribune.com, "Things to do in Chicago this weekend: Bears100, Printers Row Lit Fest, Spring Awakening, Jonathan Van Ness," 6 June 2019 In December, a bat that police said was taken from a Forest Park memorabilia store after a Rose autograph session there was recovered by an officer and returned to Rose, who reportedly signed and gave it to the store owner. Dave Clark, Cincinnati.com, "Pete Rose 'over' National Baseball Hall of Fame, shares Joe DiMaggio shower story on radio," 5 June 2019 Shannon has had a front-row seat to the Romeo Show for four years, with crowds filling up gyms home and away hours before tipoff and then hanging around afterward to get Romeo’s autograph. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: In final high school game, Romeo Langford doesn't disappoint the fans," 10 June 2018 But Bernie recalls getting the autograph of NASCAR vice chairman Mike Helton a few years ago. David Scott, charlotteobserver, "Can these NASCAR fans' RV make it to the finish line? | Charlotte Observer," 19 May 2018 Each participant will get an autograph and a team photo with Fitzgerald. Greg Moore, azcentral, "Larry Fitzgerald accepts challenge to go 1-on-1 with azcentral sports columnist Greg Moore," 14 Apr. 2018 One of the main attractions of the show is getting an autograph or posing for a picture with a movie or television star -- for a price. Kaylee Remington, cleveland.com, "Less than 3,000 customers still without power in Northeast Ohio, FirstEnergy says," 3 Mar. 2018 But unlike what most of us would have done in that situation (the money and an autograph, please), the passenger rejected the offer, Edwards said. Christina Maxouris, CNN, "A Twitter user says Cam Newton offered $1,500 to trade seats with another passenger. He was rejected," 24 June 2019

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

Much of it was autographed by former SDSU stars, like Hall of Famers Tony Gwynn and Marshall Faulk, or more recent standouts like Ryan Lindley or D.J. Pumphrey. San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego State memorabilia helps Aztecs alum reconnect after devastating fire," 15 June 2019 Gamecocks fans still occasionally ask Bradley to autograph memorabilia from that season. Peter Abraham, BostonGlobe.com, "Omaha on the mind of more than a few Red Sox," 15 June 2019 One of his prized possessions was a helmet autographed by SDSU football coach Rocky Long and several players from a recent team. San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego State memorabilia helps Aztecs alum reconnect after devastating fire," 15 June 2019 Of passing under the hole in the wall created and then autographed by Dirk Nowitzki? Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, "The end of Oracle? Raptors stun Warriors in perhaps final game in Oakland," 7 June 2019 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

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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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