mono·​graph | \ˈmä-nə-ˌgraf \

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 \ adjective

Examples of monograph in a Sentence

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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 In addition to his four-volume survey of American art, Mr. Sandler wrote monographs on Ms. Pfaff, Mr. Held, Mr. Katz and Mark di Suvero. New York Times, "Irving Sandler, Art Historian Who Was Close to Artists, Dies at 92," 2 June 2018 In a wide-ranging story for Vulture that is excerpted from a forthcoming monograph, author Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah profiles figurative painter Henry Taylor, who had five new paintings exhibited at last year’s Whitney Biennial. Danielle Jackson, Longreads, "‘Wild With Love’: Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah on the Portraits of Henry Taylor," 12 July 2018 Although few fans seem familiar with the background, art historian Susan Elizabeth Ryan revealed in her monograph on Mr. Indiana that the first version of his most famous work was markedly different. Jori Finkel,, "Robert Indiana, 89; turned ‘Love’ into enduring art," 22 May 2018 Although few fans seem familiar with the background, the art historian Susan Elizabeth Ryan revealed in her monograph on Mr. Indiana that the first version of his most famous work was markedly different. Jori Finkel, New York Times, "Robert Indiana, 89, Who Turned ‘Love’ Into Enduring Art, Is Dead," 21 May 2018 The tale, lauding the First Lady’s quick thinking in a moment of crisis, eventually found its way into American folklore through schoolbooks, monographs, and artwork. Deneen L. Brown, Washington Post, "Canada didn’t burn the White House. And Dolley Madison needs a fact check, too.," 7 June 2018 Photographer Jessica Antola is revisiting her three-year-long road trip through sub-Saharan Africa in a monograph released yesterday. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "3 Years of Everyday Life in 7 Countries, Captured by a Wandering Photographer," 28 Mar. 2018 Pagliuso’s new monograph, In Plain Sight, explores the multifaceted aspect of her work and interests. Vogue, "Jean Pagliuso: In Plain Sight," 21 May 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 \

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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