or a·grafe

[ uh-graf ]
/ əˈgræf /


a small cramp iron.
a clasp, often richly ornamented, for clothing or armor.
a device, as a hook, for preventing vibration in the section of a piano string between the pin and the bridge.
(in classical architecture) a sculptural relief on the face of a keystone.

Origin of agraffe

1660–70; < French, variant of agrafe, noun derivative of agrafer to hook, equivalent to a- a-5 + grafe hook, cramp iron, probably < Germanic; see grape Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for agraffe

  • What part the Agraffe played in it (a medival beast I imagined) I could not know, could not guess.

    The Crow's Nest|Clarence Day, Jr.
  • But he wrote certain poems, in which Stroom and Graith, and the Agraffe appear.

    The Crow's Nest|Clarence Day, Jr.
  • He added that others such as Stroom, Graith, and Agraffe appeared in his poems.

    The Crow's Nest|Clarence Day, Jr.

British Dictionary definitions for agraffe


sometimes US agrafe

/ (əˈɡræf) /


a fastening consisting of a loop and hook, formerly used in armour and clothing
a metal cramp used to connect stones

Word Origin for agraffe

C18: from French, from grafe a hook
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