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

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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 After the screening, guests made their way to the Dream Hotel, where Casamigos signature cocktails were served. Alexia Fernández, PEOPLE.com, 15 Sep. 2021 The signature of her great-great grandfather caught her eye. Sriya Reddy, Dallas News, 14 Sep. 2021 This includes a chocolate martini variation - the Tiramisu cocktail, made with a coffee-cream emulsion, Kahlua Chocolate Liqueur, Mozart Chocolate Liqueur, a touch of Disaronno Amaretto, and of course the signature Barriere chocolate disc. Aly Walansky, Forbes, 12 Sep. 2021 And further lending to the correct period signature of the package are Hella Rallye 1000 spot lamps. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 6 Sep. 2021 This room, which sleeps two in the Girls Wing, is full of bright, poppy patterns that became the signature of this project. House Beautiful, 1 Sep. 2021 After a final vote late Tuesday by the South Korean National Assembly, the legislation now awaits the signature of President Moon Jae-in to become law. Washington Post, 31 Aug. 2021 This print would identify trunks as authentic Louis Vuitton pieces and become a signature of the house. Kristen Shirley, Travel + Leisure, 31 Aug. 2021 And bars set up throughout the festival will sell signature cocktails and rum blends from Haiti, Jamaica, Grenada, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Bahamas. Rod Stafford Hagwood, sun-sentinel.com, 31 Aug. 2021

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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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Time Traveler for signature

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The first known use of signature was in 1547

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22 Sep 2021

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“Signature.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/signature. Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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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
: 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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