[ aw-tuh-graf, -grahf ]
/ ˈɔ təˌgræf, -ˌgrɑf /


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


au·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. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for autograph

/ (ˈɔːtəˌɡrɑːf, -ˌɡræf) /


  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 forms of autograph

autographic (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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