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mono·​graph ˈmä-nə-ˌgraf How to pronounce monograph (audio)
: a learned treatise on a small area of learning
his concise monograph on The Authorship of Shakespeare's PlaysBrian Vickers
also : a written account of a single thing
wrote a monograph on the art of origami
monographic adjective


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monographed; monographing; monographs

transitive verb

: to write a monograph on

Examples of monograph in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Among a few historians and social scientists in the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s — many of them operating in the orbit of the American Enterprise Institute’s then-president, Christopher DeMuth — Banfield’s monograph attained cult status. Amity Shlaes, National Review, 10 Jan. 2024 This month, a new monograph celebrates Lowe’s practice and its impact on various communities. Alexander Lobrano Roxanne Fequiere Laura Bannister Jameson Montgomery Caitie Kelly Megan O’Sullivan, New York Times, 14 Dec. 2023 Courtesy Night Gallery, Los Angeles Photographs by Anu Kumar, from her monograph Ghar, which was published last year by Perimeter Editions. Andrew Cockburn, Harper's Magazine, 27 Sep. 2023 Moving on from the monograph, the next step for me in world-building was to develop specific spaces and attach a narrative to each one. Alessia Glaviano, Vogue, 4 Jan. 2024 Courtesy Lisson Gallery Courtesy the artist and Miller Meigs collection A photograph by Hudson Hayden, from his monograph Notwithstanding, which was published in September by Loose Joints. Ben Lerner, Harper's Magazine, 3 Jan. 2024 In 1970, Waldemar George, an influential Parisian art critic, wrote a monograph about Ms. Eshel’s art. Alex Traub, New York Times, 29 Dec. 2023 Instead, they are governed by a different system called a monograph, essentially a generic recipe for all medicines in a particular class. Matthew Perrone, Fortune Well, 27 Dec. 2023 The next year, Phaidon published their first monograph. Julie Lasky, New York Times, 26 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1797, in the meaning defined above


1856, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of monograph was in 1797

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Cite this Entry

“Monograph.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition


mono·​graph ˈmän-ə-ˌgraf How to pronounce monograph (audio)
: 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
: 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
monograph transitive verb
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