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[mon-uh-gram] /ˈmɒn əˌgræm/
a design consisting of two or more alphabetic letters combined or interlaced, commonly one's initials, often printed on stationery, embroidered on clothing, etc.
a single emblematic or decorative letter; applied initial.
verb (used with object), monogrammed, monogramming.
to decorate with a monogram.
Origin of monogram
1600-10; < Late Latin monogramma, irregular < Late Greek monógrammon. See mono-, -gram1
Related forms
[mon-uh-gruh-mat-ik] /ˌmɒn ə grəˈmæt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
monogrammatical, monogrammic, adjective
unmonogrammed, adjective
Can be confused
monogram, monograph. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for monogram
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  • On the front was engraved a monogram J. M., and on the back a coat-of-arms.

    Murder Point

    Coningsby Dawson
  • Gideon Junior (father of Giddy) smoked cigarettes with his monogram on them.

    Gigolo Edna Ferber
  • I went to him and held it up and pointed to the monogram she had embroidered on it.

    The Plum Tree David Graham Phillips
  • The description of the book, casual as it was, made mention of the monogram on the cover.

    The Library Andrew Lang
  • Her glimpse of the monogram on the back of the watch had not lasted long enough.

    Special Messenger

    Robert W. Chambers
  • Here might be a clue—there was a monogram on the corner, but he could not distinguish it, in the darkness.

    In Her Own Right

    John Reed Scott
  • It is not known why he adopted this monogram, which is that of the Jesuits.

    The Violin George Hart
  • Saint Ursula's monogram was emblazoned large upon her sleeve.

    Just Patty Jean Webster
  • Not a card; not a letter; not a paper or monogram could I find.

British Dictionary definitions for monogram


a design of one or more letters, esp initials, embroidered on clothing, printed on stationery, etc
verb monograms, monogramming, monogrammed
(transitive; usually passive) to decorate (clothing, stationery, etc) with a monogram
Derived Forms
monogrammatic (ˌmɒnəɡrəˈmætɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin monogramma, from Greek; see mono-, -gram
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Word Origin and History for monogram

"two or more letters intertwined," 1690s, from French monogramme or directly from Late Latin monogramma (5c.), from Late Greek monogrammon "a character formed of several letters in one design," especially in reference to the signature of the Byzantine emperors, noun use of neuter of monogrammos (adj.) "consisting of a single letter," literally "drawn with single lines," from Greek monos "single, alone" (see mono-) + gramma "letter, line" (see grammar). Earlier it meant "sketch or picture drawn in lines only, without shading or color," a sense also found in Latin and probably in Greek. Related: Monogrammatic.


1868, from monogram (n.). Related: Monogrammed; monogramming.

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