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[kahy-rog-ruh-fee] /kaɪˈrɒg rə fi/
handwriting; penmanship.
Origin of chirography
First recorded in 1645-55; chiro- + -graphy
Related forms
chirographer, noun
[kahy-ruh-graf-ik] /ˌkaɪ rəˈgræf ɪk/ (Show IPA),
chirographical, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for chirography
Historical Examples
  • I am writing this on the train as the intelligent readers will gather from the chirography.

    Jane Journeys On Ruth Comfort Mitchell
  • Instantly recognizing the chirography, he asked where I was.

    A Confederate Girl's Diary Sarah Margan Dawson
  • It was in fact, to him, his father's name and chirography, and no one's else.

    The Spirit Land

    Samuel B. (Samuel Bulfinch) Emmons
  • His chirography always was abominable; but now it is outrageous.

  • No, for the chirography was not mine—it was identical with all the rest of the writing.

  • The writing is apparently a woman's, but the chirography is smaller than the Girl's.

    Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist Alexander Berkman
  • They are both the same in stationery and chirography, but not in literature.

    Fennel and Rue William Dean Howells
  • The writing as an example of the chirography of the century is of interest.

    The Thirteenth James J. Walsh
  • The single missive was directed to herself, in a chirography which she well knew.

    Angel Agnes

    Wesley Bradshaw
  • George W. Peck's hand is of the free and independent order of chirography.

    Remarks Bill Nye
British Dictionary definitions for chirography


another name for calligraphy
Derived Forms
chirographer, noun
chirographic (ˌkaɪrəˈɡræfɪk), chirographical, adjective
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Word Origin and History for chirography

"handwriting," 1650s, from chiro- + -graphy. Chirograph "formal written legal document" is attested from late 13c. in Anglo-French, from Latin chirographum, from Greek kheirographia "written testimony."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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