signature

noun
sig·​na·​ture | \ ˈsig-nə-ˌchu̇r, -chər, -ˌtyu̇r, -ˌtu̇r\

Definition of signature 

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

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Synonyms for signature

Synonyms

autograph, hand, John Hancock

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Examples of signature in a Sentence

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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Since that chemistry differs between types of polymer, each type of plastic has a distinctive signature in the infrared. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Bikes, bowling balls, and the delicate balancing act that is modern recycling," 31 Dec. 2018 Mixing traditional standards of femininity and masculinity is a signature and important part of Pattie’s persona. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Meet Pattie Gonia, the Backpacking Drag Queen Promoting Inclusivity in the Outdoors," 11 Dec. 2018 The Kim reboot stars Sadie Stanley, who sports Kim’s signature long red hair. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Disney Releases Live-Action "Kim Possible" Trailer," 8 Dec. 2018 In the opening of its appeals brief, AT&T again raised the specter of political interference by President Trump, who pledged as a candidate to block the deal and has repeatedly criticized CNN, one of Time Warner’s signature brands. Brent Kendall, WSJ, "Appeals Court to Consider AT&T’s Deal for Time Warner," 5 Dec. 2018 In this case, the mob lost — which might be a sign that one of the alt-right’s signature trolling tactics is losing its effectiveness. Aja Romano, Vox, "The “controversy” over journalist Sarah Jeong joining the New York Times, explained," 3 Aug. 2018 After, stroll the historic riverfront area and share a picnic lunch (some easy to digest Nature’s Recipe lunch for him and a signature St. Louis Provel pizza for you). Jessica Migala, Country Living, "7 Great Cities to Visit With Your Dog," 26 July 2018 Pedersen’s signing was announced by Birmingham on June 25 after a lengthy period of speculation as the Blues seemingly beat off a host of competition to land Pedersen’s signature. SI.com, "Birmingham City Facing Shock Transfer Embargo Following Complications Over New Defender Signing," 11 July 2018 One of summer's biggest events, Taste of Chicago, opens today, kicking off five days of signature giant turkey legs, Chicago classics like Italian ice and hot dogs, and so much more. Joseph Hernandez, chicagotribune.com, "Taste of Chicago opens today: What you need to know," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of signature

1547, in the meaning defined at sense 3b

History and Etymology for signature

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

: a person's name written in that person's handwriting

: the act of signing something

: something (such as a quality or feature) that is closely associated with someone or something

signature

noun
sig·​na·​ture | \ ˈsig-nə-ˌchu̇r, -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 \

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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