inscription

noun

in·​scrip·​tion in-ˈskrip-shən How to pronounce inscription (audio)
1
a
: something that is inscribed
c
: the wording on a coin, medal, seal, or currency note
2
: the dedication of a book or work of art
3
a
: 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
inscriptional adjective

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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 The exhibition’s title derives from an inscription on a watercolor work, Occupied Palestine, that Halaby created during a 1995 visit to Jerusalem, her birthplace. Sarah Rose Sharp, ARTnews.com, 9 July 2024 The Sanskrit inscription, which was found near the Buddha’s head barely half an hour later, seems to have a different origin. Jo Marchant, Smithsonian Magazine, 25 June 2024 Cillian Murphy was joined by his wife, Yvonne McGuinness, and teenage sons, Malachy and Aran, who greeted well-wishers and looked on smiling as their dad’s inscription was etched. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, 11 Mar. 2024 Similarly, the Sanskrit inscription was carved by an accomplished Indian scribe, and the donor took pains to point out his high class. Jo Marchant, Smithsonian Magazine, 25 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for inscription 

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

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

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

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“Inscription.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inscription. Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

inscription

noun
in·​scrip·​tion in-ˈskrip-shən How to pronounce inscription (audio)
: something that is inscribed

Medical Definition

inscription

noun
in·​scrip·​tion in-ˈskrip-shən How to pronounce inscription (audio)
: the part of a medical prescription that contains the names and quantities of the drugs to be compounded
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