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 Attendees can take part in a social hour and autograph session from 6-7 p.m. with the formal portion scheduled to begin around 7. Matt Murschel,, "UCF announces 2021 ChargeOn tour dates," 4 May 2021 Wingard recently held a hometown screening at the AmStar theater in Alabaster, drawing a huge crowd for a lobby autograph session, special screening and Q&A with the filmmaker. Ben Flanagan |, al, "Adam Wingard of Alabama in talks to make another Kong movie," 27 Apr. 2021 Guerrero-Randall enthusiastically sang the entire Oscar Mayer song, took a picture with the cardboard cut out and got Derken’s autograph. oregonlive, "Nostalgia abounds in Bend as the Wienermobile visits the last Blockbuster on Earth," 25 Apr. 2021 Met debut, in 1975; Maria Callas’s autograph, secured after a late-career concert at Carnegie Hall in 1974. New York Times, "Opera’s Biggest Fan Leaves Behind a Sprawling Time Capsule," 23 Apr. 2021 One staple of the minor league experience, autograph collecting, will have to wait out the pandemic. Dom Amore,, "Yard Goats announce health and safety protocols for games at Dunkin’ Donuts Park," 14 Apr. 2021 Just an old-fashioned autograph signing session — that just happened to take place inside an NBA locker room. Los Angeles Times, "Kobe Bryant’s 60-point final game, through the eyes of those who were there," 12 Apr. 2021 There was also the matter of the Hobey Baker Award ceremony, with Cale Makar participating in an autograph session after practice, then accepting the trophy later that evening., "UMass returns to Frozen Four title game with greater experience, composure," 10 Apr. 2021 Beckett Grading Service has given the card an 8.5 grade, meaning it’s in near mint condition, while the autograph is rated 9.0. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, "A Signed Tom Brady Rookie Card Sells for $2.25 Million to the Break Record (Again)," 7 Apr. 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, "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 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, "Real Madrid vs. Barcelona: Too Big to Fall," 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, "Why Giants' Brandon Crawford misses signing autographs in spring training: 'I was that kid'," 26 Feb. 2021 No one, ever, has asked him to autograph a Ford Escort. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Family’s love for a Ford Escort extends generations, dents and all," 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,, "Author, former Cincinnati Enquirer sportswriter Lonnie Wheeler died at age 68," 10 June 2020 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

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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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9 May 2021

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“Autograph.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 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 one's signature in or on autograph a book

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