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autograph

[aw-tuh-graf, -grahf] /ˈɔ təˌgræf, -ˌgrɑf/
noun
1.
a person's own signature:
He collects autographs of artists.
2.
something written in a person's own hand, as a manuscript or letter.
adjective
3.
written by a person's own hand:
an autograph letter.
4.
containing autographs:
an autograph album.
verb (used with object)
5.
to write one's name on or in; sign:
to autograph a book.
6.
to write with one's own hand.
Origin of autograph
1630-1640
1630-40; < Latin autographum, noun use of neuter of Latin autographus written with one's own hand < Greek autógraphos. See auto-1, -graph
Related forms
autographic
[aw-tuh-graf-ik] /ˌɔ təˈgræf ɪk/ (Show IPA),
autographical, adjective
autographically, adverb
unautographed, adjective
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Examples from the Web for autograph
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  • A few days afterwards the Prince gave him his autograph, and also chose a dozen or so of his photograph (sic).

    The Life and Letters of Lewis Carroll Stuart Dodgson Collingwood
  • "I can tell you of an autograph who has just arrived," said Pateley.

    The Arbiter Lady F. E. E. Bell
  • They talk of affinities between the autograph and the character: what affinity was there here?

    The Professor (AKA Charlotte Bronte) Currer Bell
  • They usually wanted an autograph, or a souvenir such as a uniform button.

    Mercenary Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • He presented an autograph of the numbers composed to the Wrzburg Musikverein.

British Dictionary definitions for autograph

autograph

/ˈɔːtəˌɡrɑːf; -ˌɡræf/
noun
1.
  1. a handwritten signature, esp that of a famous person
  2. (as modifier): an autograph album
2.
a person's handwriting
3.
  1. a book, document, etc, handwritten by its author; original manuscript; holograph
  2. (as modifier): an autograph letter
verb (transitive)
4.
to write one's signature on or in; sign
5.
to write with one's own hand
Derived Forms
autographic (ˌɔːtəˈɡræfɪk), autographical, adjective
autographically, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin, from Greek autographos, from autos self + graphein to write
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Word Origin and History for autograph
n.

"a person's signature," 1791, from Latin autographum, from Greek autographon, neuter of autographos "written with one's own hand," from autos- "self" (see auto-) + graphein "to write" (originally "to scratch;" see -graphy). Used earlier (1640s) to mean "author's own manuscript."

v.

"to sign one's name," 1837, from autograph (n.). Related: Autographed; autographing. Earlier "to write with one's own hand" (1818).

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