- Linguistics. a variant form of a grapheme that is in complementary distribution or free variation with another form of the same grapheme, as t and T or n in run and nn in runner; an orthographic contextual variant.Compare grapheme.
- writing or a signature inscribed by one person for another, as distinguished from autograph.
- a deed or other legal document not in the writing of any of the persons who are party to it.
Origin of allograph
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- a document written by a person who is not a party to it
- a signature made by one person on behalf of anotherCompare autograph
- linguistics any of the written symbols that constitute a single graphemem and M are allographs in the Roman alphabet
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Word Origin and History for allograph
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