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 autography (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 People at rehab were stealing my hats and pens and notebooks and asking for autographs. Dave Quinn,, "Eminem Celebrates 12 Years of Sobriety: 'Clean Dozen, in the Books!'," 21 Apr. 2020 Just pitching in a game the other day, kids are asking me for autographs. Bobby Nightengale,, "José Garcia, Alfredo Rodriguez homer in Cincinnati Reds' spring tie vs. Colorado Rockies," 10 Mar. 2020 Some queue up for autographs from the illustrators who designed the cards, at £2 a pop. Tom Rowley, 1843, "My journey to the heart of the great British expo," 6 Mar. 2020 Mena Massoud, who starred in 2019’s live-action version of Aladdin, and John Leguizamo (John Wick) will also be available for autographs and photos. Jeremy Hallock, Dallas News, "All 4 hobbits are coming to downtown Dallas next month," 12 Feb. 2020 Admission for the practice session is $10; players typically are available for autographs afterward. Dennis Manoloff, cleveland, "Jason Belmonte set to defend PBA Tournament of Champions title at Riviera Lanes in Fairlawn," 6 Feb. 2020 Things to know Pit party: Pre-show pit parties 2:30-5:30 p.m. Saturday and 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sunday give fans a chance to get an up-close look at the monster trucks and meet the drivers for autographs or photos. Jim Kiest,, "Grave Digger coming to San Antonio Monster Jam with creator’s son behind the wheel," 15 Jan. 2020 The Tigers are low on recognizable players and charging money to stand in the cold for autographs was a tough sell. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "No TigerFest this month: Detroit Tigers moving event to summer," 3 Jan. 2020 Fewer fans, however, meant more opportunities for autographs. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Rooting for the long-lost Senators: Many memories, few wins," 18 Oct. 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 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 Gracie wanted to stay after the game, hoping McCoughtry would autograph the sign. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, "Angel McCoughtry made a young fan's dream come true when Louisville faced Team USA," 2 Feb. 2020 Liberty football players autograph a poster of head coach Hugh Freeze during a fan appreciation event. Los Angeles Times, "Look out Notre Dame, the Falwells have big plans for Liberty football," 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, "Justin Herbert official LA Chargers jerseys, T-shirts now available to buy: Former Ducks star will wear No. 10 for Los Angeles," 24 Apr. 2020 Al came over, chatted with our son, posed for a picture, and later autographed that picture. Chris Thomas, Detroit Free Press, "We asked for epic stories of Al Kaline and Detroit Tigers fans. We got 'em," 9 Apr. 2020 Furthermore, Ball inserts his effigy into several of the pieces in the same way that Renaissance artists like Michelangelo or Raphael autographed their paintings by placing their portraits somewhere within their compositions. John Zotos, Dallas News, "Barry X Ball puts his own spin on classical sculpture in exhibition at Dallas’ Nasher," 18 Feb. 2020 The ball was donated by a man whose father asked Ruth to autograph it for him during a Ruth visit to Scranton, Pennsylvania, in the 1920s. Alice George, Smithsonian Magazine, "When the Yankees Got the Larger-Than-Life Babe Ruth," 24 Dec. 2019 Lee still gets a thrill, autographing books for fans. Tribune News Service,, "50 years of San Diego Comic-Con: What we’ve gained and lost in five decades of pop culture celebrations (See latest photos)," 18 July 2019 An Alabama jersey autographed by Tua Tagovailoa started at $250, but its current bid is double that amount. Chuck Schilken, Los Angeles Times, "Here’s how to help with coronavirus relief by dining with Bill Walton," 31 Mar. 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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“Autograph.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 2020.

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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 one's signature in or on autograph a book

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