forg·​ery ˈfȯrj-rē How to pronounce forgery (audio)
plural forgeries
archaic : invention
: something forged
: an act of forging
especially : the crime of falsely and fraudulently making or altering a document (such as a check)

Examples of forgery in a Sentence

that is a cheap forgery, not an authentic Ming Dynasty vase
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Word History


forge entry 2 + -ery

First Known Use

1583, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of forgery was in 1583

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Cite this Entry

“Forgery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


forg·​ery ˈfōrj-(ə-)rē How to pronounce forgery (audio)
plural forgeries
: something (as a signature) that has been forged
: the crime of falsely making or changing a written paper or signing someone else's name

Legal Definition


plural forgeries
: the act of falsely making, altering, or imitating (as a document or signature) with intent to defraud
also : the crime of committing such an act
: something that is forged

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