[ al-uh-graf, -grahf ]
/ ˈæl əˌgræf, -ˌgrɑf /


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.

Nearby words

  1. allogeneic,
  2. allogeneic graft,
  3. allogeneic homograft,
  4. allogenic,
  5. allograft,
  6. allographic,
  7. allokeratoplasty,
  8. allolalia,
  9. allomerism,
  10. allomerize

Origin of allograph

1950–55; allo- + -graph, on the model of allophone

Related formsal·lo·graph·ic [al-uh-graf-ik] /ˌæl əˈgræf ɪk/, adjective

Can be confusedallograph allograft Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for allograph


/ (ˈæləˌɡrɑːf) /


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
Derived Formsallographic (ˌæləˈɡræfɪk), adjective

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Word Origin and History for allograph



"writing made by another person," by 1916 (implied in allographic), from allo- + -graph "something written."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper