autograph

noun
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

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 \ 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

On June 10, 2016, Grimmie was shot by a deranged fan while signing autographs just after performing as the opening act for Before You Exit at The Plaza Live venue near downtown Orlando. Nicole Sands, PEOPLE.com, "Christina Grimmie's Family Posthumously Releases Her Song 'Little Girl' in Honor of Mother's Day," 11 May 2018 But there’s one other option for a surprise gift: 20 lucky customers will find an autograph from Rihanna on the front of their Killawatt palettes. Tess Garcia, Teen Vogue, "Rihanna Is Signing 20 Fenty Beauty Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter Palettes," 15 Dec. 2018 The autograph was authentic but lab testing on the dust was less conclusive. CBS News, "Tennessee woman suing NASA to keep moon dust she says Neil Armstrong gave her," 4 July 2018 Here, according to Hariri, is what happened to her in the Los Angeles record store on April 10, 1995: Hariri, a then-aspiring filmmaker, was working at The Wherehouse, a record store where Duran Duran held an autograph signing. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, "Duran Duran assault accuser: 'This wasn't just a quick grope'," 12 July 2018 What the teams try to do is make that as frictionless as possible, facilitating autograph signing sessions between practice and qualifying laps as well as before the race, and keeping a tightly regimented schedule. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "In Formula 1, you have to be amazing just to be average," 26 June 2018 Friday ▪ Charlotte goes crazy for comic books at HeroesCon, which features superhero cosplay, autograph signings, shopping, a charity art auction, independent comics and their creators, workshops for artists and writers, Q&A panels and more. Courtney Devores, charlotteobserver, "Your 5-minute guide to the best things to do in Charlotte | June 15-21," 14 June 2018 Enjoy $4 tickets, the Alumni Softball Game on Sunday, plus autograph signings, selfie stations, and other specials and giveaways at each game this weekend at Marlins Park, 501 Marlins Way, Miami. Jennifer Jhon, South Florida Parenting, "What to do with the kids this weekend: cartoons, Wizard of Oz," 6 June 2018 Expect live podcasts, autograph signings and photo ops. Brandon Howard, chicagotribune.com, "7 things to know about 'All In' – the huge indie wrestling show coming to the Chicago area," 12 May 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

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 Police returned the hat to Richard following the arrest, but the teen also received a duplicate hat -- autographed by President Trump. Stephen Sorace, Fox News, "Man accused of stealing teen's MAGA hat indicted by grand jury," 31 Aug. 2018 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, Philly.com, "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

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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 \

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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