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  1. handwriting; penmanship.
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Origin of chirography

First recorded in 1645–55; chiro- + -graphy
Related formschi·rog·ra·pher, nounchi·ro·graph·ic [kahy-ruh-graf-ik] /ˌkaɪ rəˈgræf ɪk/, chi·ro·graph·i·cal, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • I am writing this on the train as the intelligent readers will gather from the chirography.

    Jane Journeys On

    Ruth Comfort Mitchell

  • Instantly recognizing the chirography, he asked where I was.

    A Confederate Girl's Diary

    Sarah Margan Dawson

  • It was in fact, to him, his father's name and chirography, and no one's else.

    The Spirit Land

    Samuel B. (Samuel Bulfinch) Emmons

  • His chirography always was abominable; but now it is outrageous.

  • No, for the chirography was not mine—it was identical with all the rest of the writing.

British Dictionary definitions for chirography


  1. another name for calligraphy
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Derived Formschirographer, nounchirographic (ˌkaɪrəˈɡræfɪk) or chirographical, adjective
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Word Origin and History for chirography


"handwriting," 1650s, from chiro- + -graphy. Chirograph "formal written legal document" is attested from late 13c. in Anglo-French, from Latin chirographum, from Greek kheirographia "written testimony."

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