au·to·graph | \ˈȯ-tə-ˌgraf \

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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Other Words from autograph


autography \ȯ-ˈtä-grə-fē \ 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


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


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

YouTube influencers like Blazendary, a not-yet-18-year-old social media sensation from Charlotte, N.C., who has more than 1.1 million followers, were on hand to sign autographs and pose with fans. Chris Lamorte,, "$9,000 Nikes and more: Schaumburg Sneaker Con a paradise for 'Sneakerheads'," 13 June 2018 Madrigal, the team's captain as well as its gyroscope, wouldn't bite, either, on his way to the bus while graciously signing autographs and posing for selfies. Ron Richmond For The Oregonian/oregonlive,, "Inside Luke Heimlich's senior season with the Oregon State baseball team," 8 June 2018 Mason Schreck, 2012 Medina High School graduate and now a tight end for the Cincinnati Bengals, came to take pictures with the athletes and sign autographs. Alyssa Alfano,, "Raymond Biegel Memorial Tournament raises funds for Medina County Special Olympians," 15 May 2018 Dailey spent the time walking from hole to hole talking to fans, taking pictures and signing autographs. Kelli Stacy,, "As Always, UConn Family Out In Force At Travelers Pro-Am," 21 June 2018 Around the horn Orioles reliever Mychal Givens will sign autographs and greet fans Friday at Westfield Annapolis Mall from 11 a.m. to noon. Eduardo A. Encina,, "Orioles notes: Cashner heads to DL with neck strain, receives injection; Ramírez called up," 11 July 2018 After batting practice, Yelich stuck around to sign autographs for early-arriving fans down the right-field line. Matthew Defranks,, "Christian Yelich returns to Marlins Park as an All-Star, in first place: 'I really did enjoy my five years here'," 9 July 2018 Arias' attorneys say Martinez courted journalists and spectators, signed autographs and posed for photos during the trial. Fox News, "Appeal by Jodi Arias cites 'circus-like atmosphere' at trial," 6 July 2018 After choking up while giving a postgame farewell speech on the mic, O'Connor did something else highly uncharacteristic: The coach made a beeline for the stands and went down the line shaking hands and signing autographs. Danielle Lerner, The Courier-Journal, "James O'Connor is leaving LouCity but his legacy will last forever," 1 July 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 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

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,, "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 His reward, which judging by his face left him completely shocked, was a bat autographed by Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Biased about Durrett Foundation, and completely OK with it," 29 June 2018 Astros player Lance McCullers poses with fans for photos and signs autographs in support of teammate George Springer's fourth annual All-Star Bowling Benefit for Camp SAY at Bowlmor Houston. Amber Elliott, Houston Chronicle, "George Springer's fourth annual All-Star Bowling Benefit raises record $250K for youth who stutter," 10 July 2018 Among the McLaughlin items is an autographed and framed Al Hirschfeld caricature. John Kelly, Washington Post, "Issue One: Would you wear a suit that once belonged to John McLaughlin?," 4 June 2018 Resident Tom Hanks was among the fundraisers, autographing books and CDs in the rain for three hours in December 2013. Roger Vincent,, "Amazon Books heading to Pacific Palisades as new village center takes shape," 13 Mar. 2018 Artist Dave Ybarra will autograph pictures of the mural. Ramona Sentinel, "Calendar of Events: July 5-11," 3 July 2018 Chef’s Package Experience with Scott Conant: Enjoy all the benefits of the VIP Grand Tasting, PLUS private meet and greet and autograph signing with Scott Conant. Indianapolis Star, "Save on Wine & Food Experience Tickets," 24 May 2018

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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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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 \

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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evasion of direct action or statement

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