signature

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noun

sig·​na·​ture ˈsig-nə-ˌchu̇r How to pronounce signature (audio)
-chər,
-ˌtyu̇r,
-ˌtu̇r
1
a
: 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
3
a
: 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
4
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
7

signature

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adjective

: 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

Example Sentences

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Homer has since argued that the signature on his mother's purported will is not valid, while accusing Tupper of preventing him from communicating with his younger brother. Dana Feldman, Peoplemag, 30 Nov. 2022 In a statement, the Museum said the 1801 treaty includes the signature of a representative of Egypt. Jack B. Jeffery, Anchorage Daily News, 30 Nov. 2022 This delicately feminine bouquet brings together water flowers, peony, rose essence, bergamot, and vetiver to serve as a lighter take on the perfumery’s beloved signature Delina fragrance. Kiana Murden, Vogue, 30 Nov. 2022 In a statement, the museum said the 1801 treaty includes the signature of a representative of Egypt. Jack B. Jeffery, The Christian Science Monitor, 30 Nov. 2022 Multiple security researchers privately confirmed that the signature matched the one from DeSnake's messages as an AlphaBay administrator years earlier. Andy Greenberg, WIRED, 29 Nov. 2022 Included with each copy was a letter from Jonathan Karp, the publisher’s CEO, which confirmed the signature’s authenticity. Travis M. Andrews, Washington Post, 27 Nov. 2022 Cooking enthusiast Dennis Cheng had a class with her in late September and practiced the signature pouring while preparing to leave Hong Kong with his wife and children. Kanis Leung, ajc, 25 Nov. 2022 The diner’s signature Mikes Famous Pilgrim sandwich is an entire Thanksgiving dinner in a single, handheld package. Kerry J. Byrne, Fox News, 22 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

1547, in the meaning defined at sense 3b

Adjective

1929, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of signature was in 1547

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Cite this Entry

“Signature.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/signature. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

signature

noun

sig·​na·​ture ˈsig-nə-ˌchu̇(ə)r How to pronounce signature (audio)
-chər
1
: the name of a person written by that person
2
: a notation used in music to indicate the key or the rhythm

Medical Definition

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

Legal Definition

signature

noun

sig·​na·​ture
1
a
: 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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