inscription

noun
in·​scrip·​tion | \ in-ˈskrip-shən How to pronounce inscription (audio) \

Definition of inscription

1a : something that is inscribed also : superscription
c : the wording on a coin, medal, seal, or currency note
2 : the dedication of a book or work of art
3a : the act of inscribing
b : the entering of a name on or as if on a list : enrollment

4 British

a : the act of inscribing securities
b inscriptions plural : inscribed securities

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from inscription

inscriptional \ in-​ˈskrip-​shnəl How to pronounce inscriptional (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

Did You Know?

With its prefix in-, meaning "in" or "on", it's not surprising that an inscription is either written on or engraved into a surface. Inscriptions in the ancient world were always chiseled into stone, as inscriptions still may be today. The principal monument of the Vietnam memorial in Washington, D.C., for instance, is a black wall on which are inscribed the names of all the Americans who died during the war—each name in full, row upon seemingly endless row. But an inscription may also be a dedication, such as the words "For my wife" all by themselves on a page near the beginning of a book.

Examples of inscription in a Sentence

The painting had an inscription that read, “To my loving wife.” the inscription on a stone monument

Recent Examples on the Web

Near the body lay a cylinder seal that bore an inscription from which the archaeologists were able to identify the woman: Queen Puabi (in his notes, Woolley referred to her as Shubad because of a mistranslation). National Geographic, "The royal tombs of Ur revealed Mesopotamia's golden splendor," 22 May 2019 In Piedmont Park, the 1911 Peace Monument commemorating post-Civil War reconciliation will get context noting that its inscription promotes a narrative centered on white veterans, while ignoring African Americans. USA TODAY, "Momoa at Mauna Kea, Confederate context, Guthrie garbage tribute: News from around our 50 states," 2 Aug. 2019 At first, archaeologists struggled to read the inscription, which had been partly masked by corrosion. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "This Ancient Roman Souvenir Stylus Is Inscribed With a Corny Joke," 2 Aug. 2019 In Atlanta’s Piedmont Park, the 1911 Peace Monument commemorating post-Civil War reconciliation will get context noting that its inscription promotes a narrative centered on white veterans, while ignoring African-Americans. Jeff Martin, BostonGlobe.com, "Atlanta to add context about racism to historic monuments," 1 Aug. 2019 In a study published Monday in Nature Human Evolution, researchers examined an ancient hieroglyphic inscription at Naranjo, a Maya city that was located in what is now northern Guatemala. Fox News, "Ancient Mayan city burned in 'act of total war,' scientists say," 5 Aug. 2019 In Atlanta's Piedmont Park, the 1911 Peace Monument commemorating post-Civil War reconciliation will get context noting that its inscription promotes a narrative centered on white veterans, while ignoring African Americans. NBC News, "Atlanta to add context about the South's racist history to monuments," 1 Aug. 2019 But they’re showstoppers, sandblasted with loving inscriptions and positive intentions. Los Angeles Times, "The best reusable water bottles, for when you’re ready to ditch your plastic habit," 19 July 2019 The runic inscriptions and the pictographs on the barn walls are all very well, but why is there a live bear locked in a wooden cage? N.b., The Economist, "Ari Aster returns with “Midsommar”," 4 July 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'inscription.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of inscription

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for inscription

Middle English inscripcioun, from Latin inscription-, inscriptio, from inscribere

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about inscription

Statistics for inscription

Last Updated

8 Sep 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for inscription

The first known use of inscription was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for inscription

inscription

noun

English Language Learners Definition of inscription

: words that are written on or cut into a surface

inscription

noun
in·​scrip·​tion | \ in-ˈskrip-shən How to pronounce inscription (audio) \

Kids Definition of inscription

: words or a name inscribed on a surface

inscription

noun
in·​scrip·​tion | \ in-ˈskrip-shən How to pronounce inscription (audio) \

Medical Definition of inscription

: the part of a medical prescription that contains the names and quantities of the drugs to be compounded

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on inscription

What made you want to look up inscription? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

authorized for issue (as a bond)

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Musical Words Quiz

  • gramophone
  • Which word describes a musical performance marked by the absence of instrumental accompaniment?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!