[aw-tuh-graf, -grahf]


a person's own signature: He collects autographs of artists.
something written in a person's own hand, as a manuscript or letter.


written by a person's own hand: an autograph letter.
containing autographs: an autograph album.

verb (used with object)

to write one's name on or in; sign: to autograph a book.
to write with one's own hand.

Origin of autograph

1630–40; < Latin autographum, noun use of neuter of Latin autographus written with one's own hand < Greek autógraphos. See auto-1, -graph
Related formsau·to·graph·ic [aw-tuh-graf-ik] /ˌɔ təˈgræf ɪk/, au·to·graph·i·cal, adjectiveau·to·graph·i·cal·ly, adverbun·au·to·graphed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for autograph



  1. a handwritten signature, esp that of a famous person
  2. (as modifier)an autograph album
a person's handwriting
  1. a book, document, etc, handwritten by its author; original manuscript; holograph
  2. (as modifier)an autograph letter

verb (tr)

to write one's signature on or in; sign
to write with one's own hand
Derived Formsautographic (ˌɔːtəˈɡræfɪk) or autographical, adjectiveautographically, adverb

Word Origin for autograph

C17: from Late Latin, from Greek autographos, from autos self + graphein to write
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Word Origin and History for autograph

"a person's signature," 1791, from Latin autographum, from Greek autographon, neuter of autographos "written with one's own hand," from autos- "self" (see auto-) + graphein "to write" (originally "to scratch;" see -graphy). Used earlier (1640s) to mean "author's own manuscript."


"to sign one's name," 1837, from autograph (n.). Related: Autographed; autographing. Earlier "to write with one's own hand" (1818).

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