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

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There will be no parade or legion of parties and autograph shows, but the players at least will be able to celebrate with their families and a small legion of fans, while remembering the 10 Hall of Famers who have passed in the last 14 months. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, 9 June 2021 The transition to celebrity portraits began with a brief detour into the world of autograph sales. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 4 June 2021 Popular athletes with broad name recognition could be paid for autograph sales. Paul Myerberg, USA Today, 26 May 2021 Driver autograph sessions are also canceled, and spectator viewing mounds this year will be closed to the general public. Rashika Jaipuriar, The Indianapolis Star, 21 May 2021 But Park won’t spend too much of her time practicing her autograph skills. Dallas News, 12 May 2021 This would allow star athletes such as UCF quarterback @_dillongabriel, one of the top returning QBs, in the country, to be compensated for personal appearances, autograph sessions, sponsorship deals and social media endorsements. Mike Bianchi,, 10 Apr. 2021 Much as an athlete’s autograph on one of their trading cards would increase its respective value, so too do NFTs for digital art. Jesse Damiani, Forbes, 1 Mar. 2021 The attendance limit was 1,000 (normal capacity is 12,000), and there were no autograph opportunities or vendors in the aisles. John Shea, San Francisco Chronicle, 28 Feb. 2021 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 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 Instead, with the Scottsdale crowds limited to between 750 and 1,000, the plan will be similar to the end of spring training in 2021 when, because of social-distancing requirements, players were instructed not to autograph for fans in the stands. John Shea, San Francisco Chronicle, 26 Feb. 2021 No one, ever, has asked him to autograph a Ford Escort. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, 26 Nov. 2020 Tom Layton, who worked with Wheeler at the Anderson (S.C.) Independent in the 1970s, said Wheeler got Hank Aaron to autograph a copy of Wheeler's book on Aaron. James Weber,, 10 June 2020 Gracie wanted to stay after the game, hoping McCoughtry would autograph the sign. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, 2 Feb. 2020 Liberty football players autograph a poster of head coach Hugh Freeze during a fan appreciation event. Los Angeles Times, 27 Aug. 2019 There is also an official NFL football autographed by Justin Herbert which is available on sale for $75 off right now at $224.99. oregonlive, 24 Apr. 2020 Al came over, chatted with our son, posed for a picture, and later autographed that picture. Chris Thomas, Detroit Free Press, 9 Apr. 2020

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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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The first known use of autograph was in 1605

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14 Jun 2021

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“Autograph.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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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 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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