mono·​graph | \ ˈmä-nə-ˌgraf How to pronounce monograph (audio) \

Definition of monograph

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a learned treatise on a small area of learning his concise monograph on The Authorship of Shakespeare's Plays— Brian Vickers also : a written account of a single thing wrote a monograph on the art of origami


monographed; monographing; monographs

Definition of monograph (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to write a monograph on

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monographic \ ˌmä-​nə-​ˈgra-​fik How to pronounce monographic (audio) \ adjective

Examples of monograph in a Sentence

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The resulting iconography of the euro banknote and the common side of the euro coin, Dr. Oriane Calligaro notes in her monograph Negotiating Europe. Gail Fletcher, National Geographic, "See what Europe’s coins looked like before the euro," 28 June 2019 Rizzoli published a monograph about his work in 1989. Blair Kamin,, "Iconoclastic Chicago architect Stanley Tigerman, who shaped the city with his buildings and ideas, dies at 88," 4 June 2019 All this is celebrated this month not just in the excerpt from Prager’s film Face in the Crowd, which is playing at One World Trade Center, but in a new book, her first monograph, Silver Lake Drive, published by Chronicle Books. Chloe Schama, Vogue, "Alex Prager Wants to Make You Look Twice," 22 Oct. 2018 Unlike so many other designer monographs, there’s no shellacking of brand identity here, the bland self-preservation of commercial necessity. Mark Holgate, Vogue, "Roland Mouret’s New Book About His Life and Work Brings His Past Right Here Into the Present," 6 Nov. 2018 Arsham said about the 2011 project in a monograph Phaidon published this year. Diana Budds, Curbed, "Play it forward," 18 July 2018 Rarer, still, does a monograph about a great designer aspire to the level of its subject, to become a graphic work of art in its own right. WSJ, "What to Give: Art Books," 15 Nov. 2018 In 2013, Rizzoli published his monograph, Mario Buatta: Fifty Years of American Interior Decoration, which documented the designer's career. Ingrid Abramovitch, ELLE Decor, "In Memoriam: Decorating Superstar Mario Buatta, the "Prince of Chintz," Has Died," 16 Oct. 2018 Even the firm, in its own monograph, tried to wash its hands of the project. Mark Lamster, Curbed, "Arbiter of taste, enfant terrible: The best and worst of Philip Johnson," 6 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of monograph


1797, in the meaning defined above


1856, in the meaning defined above

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mono·​graph | \ ˈmän-ə-ˌgraf How to pronounce monograph (audio) \

Medical Definition of monograph

1 : a learned detailed treatise covering a small area of a field of learning this monograph covers the development of intravenous anesthesia from 1872Journal of the American Medical Association
2 : a description (as in the United States Pharmacopeia) of the name, chemical formula, and uniform method for determining the strength and purity of a drug

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