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

After some stretching, passing drills and a running, the players took to the sideline to meet some of those fans and sign autographs before heading back to their hotel. Alicia Delgallo, Pro Soccer USA, "USWNT shifts World Cup focus from preparing to performing," 9 June 2019 Members of the Washington Spirit will be at the party to cheer for teammates Rose Lavelle and Mallory Pugh and to sign autographs after the game. Washington Post, "Where to watch the Women’s World Cup," 5 June 2019 Turner engaged with all her X-Men fans during the premiere, taking pictures and signing autographs. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sophie Turner Gets Futuristic in Louis Vuitton for X-Men Premiere," 28 May 2019 For years, she’s been known to saunter onto the red carpet with a carefree swagger, often with a cigarette in hand (or hanging from her mouth) while simultaneously signing autographs. Vogue, "At 54, Beatrice Dalle Is France’s Biggest Red Carpet Rebel," 20 May 2019 Followers kiss him, hop onto his Chevy Tahoe to snap photos, and beg for an autograph. Nacha Cattan, Bloomberg.com, "The Man They Call AMLO, and Why He’s Captured Mexico," 30 June 2018 And the first time the two met, Trout had reached second base, ended up chatting with the New York Yankee and asking him for an autograph. Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "Mike Trout once asked Derek Jeter for an autograph while on second base," 29 June 2018 The man asking for the autograph identified himself to The Blast as Giovanni Arnold. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, "Video Seems to Show Members of Cardi B's Entourage Reportedly Attacking an Autograph Hound After the Met Gala," 8 May 2018 As the Avengers stars were busy talking with fans, Corden stood by a Peter Rabbit poster eagerly waiting for someone to ask for an autograph. Katherine Schaffstall, The Hollywood Reporter, "James Corden Hosts 'Avengers: Infinity War' Cast on Tour Around Los Angeles," 27 Apr. 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

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 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

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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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More Definitions for autograph

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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