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[hol-uh-graf, -grahf, hoh-luh-]
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  1. Also hol·o·graph·ic [hol-uh-graf-ik, hoh-luh-] /ˌhɒl əˈgræf ɪk, ˌhoʊ lə-/, hol·o·graph·i·cal. wholly written by the person in whose name it appears: a holograph letter.
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  1. a holograph writing, as a deed, will, or letter.
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Origin of holograph1

1650–60; < Late Latin holographus < Late Greek hológraphos. See holo-, -graph


[hol-uh-graf, -grahf, hoh-luh-]
verb (used with object)
  1. to make by the use of holography.
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  1. an image produced by holography.
  2. Optics. hologram.
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Origin of holograph2

First recorded in 1965–70; back formation from holography
Related formsho·log·ra·pher [huh-log-ruh-fer] /həˈlɒg rə fər/, nounhol·o·graph·ic [hol-uh-graf-ik, hoh-luh-] /ˌhɒl əˈgræf ɪk, ˌhoʊ lə-/, adjectivehol·o·graph·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for holograph

Historical Examples

  • He had been told that Mortimer Fenley had made a holograph will.

    The Strange Case of Mortimer Fenley

    Louis Tracy

  • For instance, his will is a holograph will, if that is what you are hinting at.

  • It is a holograph will, and consequently very easy to upset.

    Cousin Pons

    Honore de Balzac

  • Further proof that this contention is correct is that each copy bears an inscription in Whitman's holograph.

  • No more likely date can be found for the holograph letter which he is said to have addressed to Shakespeare.

British Dictionary definitions for holograph


    1. a book or document handwritten by its author; original manuscript; autograph
    2. (as modifier)a holograph document
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Word Origin and History for holograph


"document written entirely by the person from whom it proceeds," 1620s, from Late Latin holographus, from Greek holographos "written entirely by the same hand," literally "written in full," from holos "whole" (see safe (adj.)) + graphos "written," from graphein "to write" (see -graphy). Modern use, with reference to holograms, is a 1960s back-formation from holography.

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