thumb·​print | \ ˈthəm-ˌprint How to pronounce thumbprint (audio) \

Definition of thumbprint

1 : an impression made by the thumb especially : a print made by the inside of the first joint
2 : something that identifies especially : fingerprint sense 2a

Examples of thumbprint in a Sentence

He left a dirty thumbprint on the page.
Recent Examples on the Web There's also a quirky animation that appears at the bottom of the screen, showing you where to place your thumbprint to unlock it. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "LG Velvet review: The smartphone is sexy, the tech is cool, the camera could be improved," 31 July 2020 In the lower right-hand corner of each of his prints, alongside his signature, Noda stamps his thumbprint in the bright red hanko ink traditionally used for personal seals. Eve Sneider, The New York Review of Books, "Days in the Life of Tetsuya Noda," 4 July 2020 To see his crops, visitors are escorted past a door unlocked with a thumbprint and through an airlock. The Economist, "The rise of the rooftop farmer Singapore looks to the skies—for fields," 4 July 2020 In January 2019, da Vinci’s thumbprint was discovered in a drawing by the Renaissance Master that is owned by Queen Elizabeth II. Fox News, "Da Vinci mystery solved: Baby Jesus and winged angel found under famed painting," 7 Feb. 2020 Dip the bottom of a 1/2 teaspoon measuring spoon in flour and press into each cookie to make a thumbprint. Katie Bowlby, Country Living, "Caramel-Chocolate-Walnut Thumbprint Cookies," 5 Apr. 2020 Jackson’s left thumbprint also was found on a hatch of a closet access door on that floor, not far from where one of Anderson’s socks lay, which the judge found relevant. oregonlive, "Judge sets $500,000 bail for Homer Jackson, charged with killing 4 Portland women in ’80s and ’90s," 22 Apr. 2020 Use 1/2 teaspoon measuring spoon to reshape thumbprints. Katie Bowlby, Country Living, "Caramel-Chocolate-Walnut Thumbprint Cookies," 5 Apr. 2020 Fill thumbprints with caramel mixture, dividing evenly. Katie Bowlby, Country Living, "Caramel-Chocolate-Walnut Thumbprint Cookies," 5 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of thumbprint

1900, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Thumbprint.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of thumbprint

: the pattern of marks made by pressing your thumb on a surface : a fingerprint made by a thumb

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