chirography

noun
chi·​rog·​ra·​phy | \ kī-ˈrä-grə-fē How to pronounce chirography (audio) \

Definition of chirography

Other Words from chirography

chirographer \ kī-​ˈrä-​grə-​fər How to pronounce chirography (audio) \ noun
chirographic \ ˌkī-​rə-​ˈgra-​fik How to pronounce chirography (audio) \ or chirographical \ ˌkī-​rə-​ˈgra-​fi-​kəl How to pronounce chirography (audio) \ adjective

When Should You Use chirography?

Some might argue that handwriting is a dying art in this age of electronic communication. Nevertheless, we have a fancy word for it. The root graph means "writing and appears in many common English words such as "autograph" and "graphite." The lesser-known root "chir," or "chiro-," comes from a Greek word meaning "hand" and occurs in words such as "chiromancy" ("the art of palm reading") and "enchiridion" ("a handbook or manual"), as well as "chiropractic." "Chirography" first appeared in English in the 17th century and probably derived from "chirograph," a now rare word referring to a legal document or indenture. "Chirography" should not be confused with "choreography," which refers to the composition and arrangement of dances.

First Known Use of chirography

1631, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Chirography.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chirography. Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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