mono·​gram | \ ˈmä-nə-ˌgram How to pronounce monogram (audio) \

Definition of monogram

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a sign of identity usually formed of the combined initials of a name


monogrammed; monogramming

Definition of monogram (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to mark with a monogram

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Other Words from monogram


monogrammatic \ ˌmä-​nə-​grə-​ˈma-​tik How to pronounce monogrammatic (audio) \ adjective


monogrammer \ ˈmä-​nə-​ˌgra-​mər How to pronounce monogrammer (audio) \ noun

Examples of monogram in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

For those who prize their red lipstick or glossy pout above almost all else, Vuitton has created a portable, fashion-month-ready lipstick case that's branded, of course, with the house’s iconic monogram. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Louis Vuitton’s New It-Bag Is Intended Only For Your Lipstick," 8 Feb. 2019 A few months before that, Justin Bieber was seen wearing a light brown men’s version that were fully covered with the LV monogram. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Kendall Jenner Flaunts Chanel’s Must-Have Pool Slides in Cannes," 24 May 2019 Currently, the monogram also serves as the account's profile photo. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Just Launched Their Own Official Instagram Account," 2 Apr. 2019 The design of the bathroom and the monogram on the towels in the background of William's photo gave it away. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Serena Williams Posts a Selfie from Meghan Markle's Baby Shower Venue," 20 Feb. 2019 Drake has worn tough utility leather vests with massive pockets and vests embossed with the LV monogram. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Drake’s Million Dollar Outfit Is His Latest Fashion Milestone," 4 Apr. 2019 But as the monogram double-F body stockings and winsome dresses of this final collection make clear, Lagerfeld was modern to the last. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "The Top Shows of Milan Fashion Week Fall 2019," 25 Feb. 2019 What really launched Leontine Linens, 20 years ago, was the idea of taking a staid concept — the monogram — and infusing it with both bolder scale and refreshing color pairings. Julia Reed, House Beautiful, "How to Decorate When Your Kids Grow Up," 2 May 2015 Speak Your Mind Take customization beyond monograms with patches, pins, and proclamations. Vogue, "12 Styling Tips to Try Now—Inspired by Fall Street Style," 28 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Names painted above coat hooks, monogramed on pillowcases, or engraved on matching mugs give kids a sense of belonging, that all are of one tribe. Marni Jameson,, "8 ways to make a house a home for a blended family," 21 Apr. 2019 Each place setting had a single olive leaf branch on top of a custom fringed napkin, and menus were monogramed in a vintage Italian typeface on Italian handmade paper. Brooke Porter Katz, Harper's BAZAAR, "Stellina and David Katzenberg’s Stunning Tuscan Wedding in Florence," 30 Dec. 2017 Kylie Jenner’s daughter, Stormi Webster, is already starting what’s sure to be an epic collection of jewelry, starting with a Cartier bracelet that has been monogramed with her name. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Kylie Jenner Shows Off Stormi’s Custom Cartier Bracelet," 14 Sep. 2018 Use a rotary punch and metal letter stamps to monogram them for a personalized touch. 15. Lauren Smith, House Beautiful, "15 Homemade Mother's Day Gifts That Don't Suck," 11 May 2018 The suite even includes bags from her favorite store, Bloomingdales, plus monogramed Dorothy Draper cocktail glasses and a vintage Dom Perignon Champagne bucket in the bar. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "You Can Now Vacation in Marilyn Monroe’s Former Home," 31 May 2018 Additionally, each bridesmaid wears a custom pair of white leather Aquazurra shoes, which have been monogramed with their initials and the wedding date. Maria Pasquini,, "Meghan Markle Walks Down the Aisle with Her Adorable Page Boys and Bridesmaids: See the Photos!," 19 May 2018 Use a rotary punch and metal letter stamps to monogram them for a personalized touch. Lauren Smith, House Beautiful, "15 Homemade Mother's Day Gifts for the Best Mom Ever," 20 Mar. 2018 Southerners will find an excuse to monogram just about anything, even items as small or unsubstantial as napkins or house slippers. Mary Shannon Wells, Southern Living, "How to Monogram with a Double Name," 24 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of monogram


circa 1696, in the meaning defined above


1868, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for monogram


Late Latin monogramma, from Greek mon- + gramma letter — more at gram

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The first known use of monogram was circa 1696

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English Language Learners Definition of monogram

: a symbol that has the first letters of a person's first, middle, and last names and that is put on towels, blankets, clothes, etc., as a decoration or to show ownership


mono·​gram | \ ˈmä-nə-ˌgram How to pronounce monogram (audio) \

Kids Definition of monogram

: a design usually made by combining two or more of a person's initials

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