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

His velocity is down and his signature slider erratic. Peter Abraham, BostonGlobe.com, "Red Sox will savor break, but know crunch time awaits," 7 July 2019 The division and lieutenant governor now have 60 days to confirm the validity of the signatures and review the initiative for legality. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "New ballot initiative seeks to change state elections," 5 July 2019 Most Endearing: Rihanna Rihanna wore a signature Fenty look in the midst of reuniting with her former PE teacher while watching a West Indie’s cricket match in England this week (sounds like an eventful day). Tatum Dooley, Teen Vogue, "From Zendaya’s Custom Couture Crop Top to Celine Dion’s Canine Arm Candy, These Are The Best Looks of The Week," 5 July 2019 And this type of malicious hacking has been a particular signature of 2019 so far. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "The Biggest Cybersecurity Crises of 2019 So Far," 5 July 2019 Pinotage is a South African signature, but the recipe otherwise follows no convention. Dave Mcintyre, Washington Post, "This $13 Spanish red will provide a delightful match for all your grilled food," 5 July 2019 The signature red consommé that the beef is slowly stewed in also serves as a dip for tortillas, giving everything that leaves the kitchen a red hue. Patricia Escárcega, latimes.com, "Patricia Escárcega’s five favorite restaurants that she reviewed this year (so far)," 3 July 2019 The measure heads to voters without need for a signature from Gov. Kate Brown, who has pushed for a constitutional amendment on campaign finance since before the 2019 session. oregonlive.com, "Legislature sends ballot initiative to voters setting stage for campaign donation limits," 30 June 2019 My gateway just happened to be my children’s initials on my finger and my husband’s signature on my wrist. Danielle Pergament, Allure, "Three People on Their Most Memorable Tattoos Ever (and Why They Got Them)," 29 June 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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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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