epigraph

[ ep-i-graf, -grahf ]
/ ˈɛp ɪˌgræf, -ˌgrɑf /

noun

an inscription, especially on a building, statue, or the like.
an apposite quotation at the beginning of a book, chapter, etc.

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Origin of epigraph

First recorded in 1615–25, epigraph is from the Greek word epigraphḗ inscription. See epi-, -graph

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH epigraph

epigram epigraph epitaph epithet
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British Dictionary definitions for epigraph

epigraph
/ (ˈɛpɪˌɡrɑːf, -ˌɡræf) /

noun

a quotation at the beginning of a book, chapter, etc, suggesting its theme
an inscription on a monument or building

Derived forms of epigraph

epigraphic (ˌɛpɪˈɡræfɪk) or epigraphical, adjectiveepigraphically, adverb

Word Origin for epigraph

C17: from Greek epigraphē; see epigram
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