signature

noun
sig·​na·​ture | \ ˈsig-nə-ˌchu̇r How to pronounce signature (audio) , -chər, -ˌtyu̇r, -ˌtu̇r\

Definition of signature

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : the act of signing one's name to something
b : the name of a person written with his or her own hand
2 : a feature in the appearance or qualities of a natural object formerly held to indicate its utility in medicine
3a : a letter or figure placed usually at the bottom of the first page on each sheet of printed pages (as of a book) as a direction to the binder in arranging and gathering the sheets
b : one unit of a book comprising a group of printed sheets that are folded and stitched together
5 : the part of a medical prescription that contains the directions to the patient
6 : something (such as a tune, style, or logo) that serves to set apart or identify also : a characteristic mark

signature

adjective

Definition of signature (Entry 2 of 2)

: closely and distinctively associated and identified with someone or something a musician's signature style a chef's signature dish Pomegranate martinis made with pomegranate juice, vodka and a splash of grapefruit are becoming the hipster drink of choice, and the pomegranate margarita is the signature cocktail at Rosa Mexicano in New York City.— Lisa McLaughlin

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Synonyms for signature

Synonyms: Noun

autograph, hand, John Hancock

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Examples of signature in a Sentence

Noun

There is a place for your signature at the bottom of the form. If we can collect 200,000 signatures on our petition, then our candidate will be included on the ballot. We presented the document to the president for her signature. The bill passed and went to the governor for signature a week ago.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Played by Jay Hernandez, the series' eponymous lead tackles a new career in private investigation, with the original version's signature red Ferrari making a contemporary comeback. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "A Crazy 'Hawaii Five-0,' 'Magnum, P.I.,' and 'MacGyver' Crossover Might Happen," 26 Apr. 2019 On social media, fans compared the transformation to Marilyn Monroe’s signature look. Wendy Sy, Allure, "Khloé Kardashian Tries Big, Curly Blonde Hair on for Size at Diana Ross's 75th Birthday Party," 27 Mar. 2019 That juxtaposition—combined with another signature Leanne move: painting everything white—instantly brightened up the space. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "Leanne Ford Has The Most Ingenious Tricks for Modernizing a Dated Home," 27 Mar. 2019 The volunteer leader lays out the schedule for the day and reads the organization's signature book, The Invisible String by Patrice Karst, which describes the ties that bind people even when they're separated. Erin Quinn-kong, Woman's Day, "This Texas Organization Uses Books to Reconnect Female Prison Inmates With Their Children," 23 Aug. 2018 Joanna rocks her signature laid-back style, with a mini Magnolia tee, army green jacket, and, of course, her long locks. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Chip Gaines Is Freaking Out Over These Cabbage Patch Doll Replicas of Him and Joanna," 11 Dec. 2018 In a new teaser released on April 27, Disney revealed the big villain of Descendants 3: the one and only Hades, played by actor Cheyenne Jackson, resplendent in the character’s signature shocking blue hair. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Disney's New "Descendants 3" Teaser Offers a First Look at Hades," 28 Apr. 2019 Some even bear the signature of Augis, the jeweler who started it all. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "How Toni + Chloë Goutal Turned French Love Tokens Into Keepsake Rings," 22 Apr. 2019 While Bieber has yet to officially comment on what’s in store for her new endeavor, her signature back-from-the-beach glow, as well as her desert island essentials—mascara and lip balm—may offer clues as to what her debut offerings will be. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Hailey Bieber Is Reportedly Launching “Bieber Beauty”—What Could it Look Like?," 16 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of signature

Noun

1547, in the meaning defined at sense 3b

Adjective

1929, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for signature

Noun

Middle French or Medieval Latin; Middle French, from Medieval Latin signatura, from Latin signatus, past participle of signare to sign, seal

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17 May 2019

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The first known use of signature was in 1547

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signature

noun

English Language Learners Definition of signature

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a person's name written in that person's handwriting
formal : the act of signing something
: something (such as a quality or feature) that is closely associated with someone or something

signature

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of signature (Entry 2 of 2)

: closely associated with someone or something : making a person or thing easy to recognize

signature

noun
sig·​na·​ture | \ ˈsig-nə-ˌchu̇r How to pronounce signature (audio) , -chər\

Kids Definition of signature

1 : the name of a person written by that person Your signature is required on the form.
2 : a sign or group of signs placed at the beginning of a staff in music to show the key ( key signature ) or the meter ( time signature )

signature

noun
sig·​na·​ture | \ ˈsig-nə-ˌchu̇(ə)r, -chər, -ˌt(y)u̇(ə)r How to pronounce signature (audio) \

Medical Definition of signature

1 : a feature in the appearance or qualities of a natural object formerly held to indicate its utility in medicine either because of a fancied resemblance to a body part (as a heart-shaped leaf indicating utility in heart disease) or because of a presumed relation to some phase of a disease (as the prickly nature of thistle indicating utility in case of a stitch in the side)
2 : the part of a medical prescription which contains the directions to the patient

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signature

noun
sig·​na·​ture

Legal Definition of signature

1a : the act of signing one's name or of making a mark in lieu thereof
b : the name of a person written with his or her own hand to signify that the writing which precedes accords with his or her wishes or intentions
c : a mark (as initials, stamp, or printed name) made on a document and intended to serve as an indication of the party's execution or authentication of the document and intent to be bound by it — see also private signature
2 : a distinguishing or identifying mark, feature, or quality especially : a distinctive method of committing a crime that is characteristic of an offender

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