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 Only one of these adventures in creative jurisprudence attracted a second signature. The Economist, "Radical justice Will Clarence Thomas stick it out for a 30th year on the court?," 27 June 2020 This signature cotton Glenna satchel, meanwhile, falls 58% ($63.80) from $110 to $46.20 in denim navy. Nicole Briese, USA TODAY, "The 5 best Amazon deals you can get this Friday," 26 June 2020 While the details of the Blue Line Box are still being confirmed, signature race elements such as a runner’s bib and Akron Marathon swag, as well as a virtual Expo experience and virtual Finisher’s Festival. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland, "Cuyahoga County Public Libraries are ready to reopen: Talk of the Towns," 26 June 2020 With so much to learn and conditioning a problem, Looney often failed to execute the subtleties — screens, dribble hand-offs, offensive rebounds — that had become his signature. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "Kevon Looney: Can Warriors center regain title as ‘foundational piece?’," 20 June 2020 Three successful seasons in Sicily followed -- the third of which was truly his breakout in Europe -- and convinced Juventus to part with upwards of $40 million for Dybala's signature. Matias Grez, CNN, "Paulo Dybala: The boy from the town "where dreams seem unreachable" who became a global superstar," 18 June 2020 The coronavirus pandemic roiled the 2020 presidential campaign and forced Mr. Trump to put his signature rallies on hold in early March. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, "Scott Gottlieb says he would "counsel against" Trump holding large rallies," 14 June 2020 With the coronavirus pandemic having taken hold, Trump stopped his signature rallies March 20. Katherine Doyle, Washington Examiner, "'Testing his Fifth Avenue theory': Democrats charge Trump rally could harm his supporters," 13 June 2020 The campaign had halted its signature rallies in March after Americans adopted social-distancing practices to curb the coronavirus outbreak. Shamim Adam, Bloomberg.com, "Trump Reschedules Tulsa Campaign Rally to Avoid Juneteenth," 13 June 2020

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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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29 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Signature.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/signature. Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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signature

noun
How to pronounce signature (audio)

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
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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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