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

Other Words from monograph


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

Examples of monograph in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Bennetts should read the film critic Molly Haskell’s monograph on Day and other onscreen women to have her thinking challenged. New York Times, 27 May 2022 According to a monograph on the ratios’ history by Army Major Joshua T. Christian, General of the Army Omar Bradley was one critic, worrying that tacticians were constraining their strategies in deference to overly simplistic rules of thumb. Josh Zumbrun, WSJ, 13 May 2022 In her monograph, Dr. Derby took note of the lack of real progress, despite the energy of the civil rights movement, in places like Mississippi. New York Times, 6 Apr. 2022 In a rambling 180-page screed posted online just before the shooting, the Buffalo shooter appears to write so as to emulate an academic monograph. Robbee Wedow, Scientific American, 26 May 2022 Finally published in 1970, her monograph, both scholarly and intimate, was the first English-language book on Magritte, who died in 1967. New York Times, 20 May 2022 In January, Phaidon published the first comprehensive monograph of her work, with writing by Roxane Gay and Columbia University art historian Kellie Jones. Tiana Reid, WSJ, 7 Feb. 2022 Naked plug: read our monograph (the link at Now Publishers). Shivaram Rajgopal, Forbes, 16 May 2022 As anthropologist Jack McIver Weatherford noted in a 1985 monograph, Tapia counted 136,000 skulls in that tower alone. Elizabeth Djinis, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The debut monograph by the first Black woman to shoot a Vogue cover reflects the photographer’s roots in Nigeria, Jamaica and South East London. New York Times, 28 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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“Monograph.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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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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