[ aw-tuh-graf, -grahf ]
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  1. a person's own signature: He collects autographs of artists.

  2. something written in a person's own hand, as a manuscript or letter.

  1. written by a person's own hand: an autograph letter.

  2. containing autographs: an autograph album.

verb (used with object)
  1. to write one's name on or in; sign: to autograph a book.

  2. 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

Other words from autograph

  • au·to·graph·ic [aw-tuh-graf-ik], /ˌɔ təˈgræf ɪk/, au·to·graph·i·cal, adjective
  • au·to·graph·i·cal·ly, adverb
  • un·au·to·graphed, adjective

Words Nearby autograph Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use autograph in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for autograph


/ (ˈɔːtəˌɡrɑːf, -ˌɡræf) /

    • a handwritten signature, esp that of a famous person

    • (as modifier): an autograph album

  1. a person's handwriting

    • a book, document, etc, handwritten by its author; original manuscript; holograph

    • (as modifier): an autograph letter

  1. to write one's signature on or in; sign

  2. to write with one's own hand

Origin of autograph

C17: from Late Latin, from Greek autographos, from autos self + graphein to write

Derived forms of autograph

  • autographic (ˌɔːtəˈɡræfɪk) or autographical, adjective
  • autographically, adverb

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