mono·​gram | \ˈmä-nə-ˌgram \

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 \ adjective


monogrammer \-​ˌgra-​mər \ noun

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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Two weeks ago, the Royal Collection revealed the Jack and Eugenie's official commemorative china, which featured not only the couple's monogram, but also garlands of ivy, wild English bluebells, forget-me-nots and the white rose of York. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Princess Eugenie's Bridal Bouquet Included a Sweet Tribute to Her Kensington Palace Home, Ivy Cottage," 12 Oct. 2018 Rather than sweet sayings from Dior's collections past, the gown featured lyrics from her now-husband's songs, a custom monogram with their initials, a nod to the couple's son, Leo, and their dog, Matilda, and more. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Chiara Ferragni Wore Three Dior Haute Couture Looks For Her Epic Wedding in Italy," 2 Sep. 2018 News host Georgie Gardner of the Australian Today show revealed the monogram, which was present on a personalized letter to the journalist, to viewers on Wednesday. Lindsey V Thompson, Teen Vogue, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Joint Monogram Has Been Revealed," 27 July 2018 The result is a big beautiful box, chromed out and leather-padded and severely cushioned and covered all over by the classic Vuitton monogram. Sam Schube, GQ, "Louis Vuitton’s World Cup Gear Is Once-Every-Four-Years Luxurious," 17 May 2018 For Over The Moon’s online shop, Baker created stationery sets with four themed, floral crest choices— named La Dolce Vita, In Full Bloom, Out of Africa, and Love Birds—to be filled in with a monogram of your choosing. Katie Kiefner, Vogue, "Send All of Your Summer Thank You Notes on This Stunning Stationery," 10 July 2018 But while Melania Trump’s Zara version was emblazoned with a questionable message, Paltrow kept things subtle with a classic (but unexpected in this context) monogram on her right hip. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Gwyneth Paltrow’s Army Jacket Also Has a Message," 27 June 2018 Visitors to the house’s redesigned website will be able to buy and customize pinky rings with monograms, motifs and symbols, said Evan Yurman, the chief creative officer. Ray A. Smith, WSJ, "To Reach Millennials, High-End Jewelers Try New Products—and Approach," 19 June 2018 The monogram is the brand’s original one, dating back to 1898, and the font was created in Germany the same year. Reworking those two elements was a way to maintain a strong link to our heritage while establishing the foundation for the future. Fortune, "Rimowa and Virgil Abloh Are Creating Completely See-Through Luggage," 5 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 This charming bedroom from Tobi Tobin has always been a favorite of mine — classic white monogramed bedding in a room wrapped in that marvelous damask wallpaper. Scot Meacham Wood, House Beautiful, "7 Steps to Your Perfect Bed," 9 June 2014 How to monogram a gift when the child has multiple middle names like the royal baby is expected to? Caroline Mckenzie, Southern Living, "Royal Baby Arrives: Southern Gifts Fit for a Prince," 22 July 2013

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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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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 \

Kids Definition of monogram

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

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