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

How does one include a hyphenated last name in a monogram? Judith Martin, Washington Post, "Miss Manners: Friend must stick to resolve when hosting meals," 24 Aug. 2019 An ivory hemstitched napkin with gold monogram is the little black dress of tabletop. Jura Koncius, Washington Post, "A linens expert’s rules for dressing your table," 29 July 2019 Burberry While Tisci has unveiled a range of different items, the pieces splashed with a print of Burberry’s new monogram have been among the standouts. Marc Bain, Quartzy, "Burberry’s edgy, logo-heavy look is giving it the sales jolt it needed," 16 July 2019 An instagram video showed the rapper wearing a hot pink monogram two-piece with a matching baseball cap. Nandi Howard, Essence, "Nicki Minaj Previews Hot Pink Fendi Collaboration," 15 July 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Think the pre-recession era of mondo diamond rings, super-sized fur coats, and monogramed tote bags that would put your dingy Outdoor Voices tote to shame. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "The Year’s Most Coveted Bags Are Officially Also the Smallest," 14 Aug. 2019 The court filing included an image of a kilo of cocaine monogramed with the initials TH, which prosecutors say stood for Tony Hernández. Washington Post, "US prosecutors accuse Honduran president of drug conspiracy," 4 Aug. 2019 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 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 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 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 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 The court filing included an image of a kilo of cocaine monogramed with the initials TH, which prosecutors say stood for Tony Hernández. Washington Post, "US prosecutors accuse Honduran president of drug conspiracy," 4 Aug. 2019

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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 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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