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monogram

[mon-uh-gram]
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noun
  1. a design consisting of two or more alphabetic letters combined or interlaced, commonly one's initials, often printed on stationery, embroidered on clothing, etc.
  2. a single emblematic or decorative letter; applied initial.
verb (used with object), mon·o·grammed, mon·o·gram·ming.
  1. to decorate with a monogram.

Origin of monogram

1600–10; < Late Latin monogramma, irregular < Late Greek monógrammon. See mono-, -gram1
Related formsmon·o·gram·mat·ic [mon-uh-gruh-mat-ik] /ˌmɒn ə grəˈmæt ɪk/, mon·o·gram·mat·i·cal, mon·o·gram·mic, adjectiveun·mon·o·grammed, adjective
Can be confusedmonogram monograph
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Examples from the Web for monogram

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Historical Examples

  • On the front was engraved a monogram J. M., and on the back a coat-of-arms.

    Murder Point</p>

    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</p>

    Robert W. Chambers


British Dictionary definitions for monogram

monogram

noun
  1. a design of one or more letters, esp initials, embroidered on clothing, printed on stationery, etc
verb monograms, monogramming or monogrammed
  1. (tr; usually passive) to decorate (clothing, stationery, etc) with a monogram
Derived Formsmonogrammatic (ˌmɒnəɡrəˈmætɪk), adjective

Word Origin

C17: from Late Latin monogramma, from Greek; see mono-, -gram
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for monogram

n.

"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.

v.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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