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  1. a design consisting of two or more alphabetic letters combined or interlaced, commonly one's initials, often printed on stationery, embroidered on clothing, etc.
  2. a single emblematic or decorative letter; applied initial.
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verb (used with object), mon·o·grammed, mon·o·gram·ming.
  1. to decorate with a monogram.
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Origin of monogram

1600–10; < Late Latin monogramma, irregular < Late Greek monógrammon. See mono-, -gram1
Related formsmon·o·gram·mat·ic [mon-uh-gruh-mat-ik] /ˌmɒn ə grəˈmæt ɪk/, mon·o·gram·mat·i·cal, mon·o·gram·mic, adjectiveun·mon·o·grammed, adjective
Can be confusedmonogram monograph
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Historical Examples of monogrammatic

  • But the feature to note in this book-plate is the monogrammatic form of the engraver's signature: '.'


    William J. Hardy

  • The Rota was placed on the left of the subscription, the monogrammatic Benevalete on the right.

British Dictionary definitions for monogrammatic


  1. a design of one or more letters, esp initials, embroidered on clothing, printed on stationery, etc
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verb monograms, monogramming or monogrammed
  1. (tr; usually passive) to decorate (clothing, stationery, etc) with a monogram
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Derived Formsmonogrammatic (ˌmɒnəɡrəˈmætɪk), adjective

Word Origin for monogram

C17: from Late Latin monogramma, from Greek; see mono-, -gram
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Word Origin and History for monogrammatic



"two or more letters intertwined," 1690s, from French monogramme or directly from Late Latin monogramma (5c.), from Late Greek monogrammon "a character formed of several letters in one design," especially in reference to the signature of the Byzantine emperors, noun use of neuter of monogrammos (adj.) "consisting of a single letter," literally "drawn with single lines," from Greek monos "single, alone" (see mono-) + gramma "letter, line" (see grammar). Earlier it meant "sketch or picture drawn in lines only, without shading or color," a sense also found in Latin and probably in Greek. Related: Monogrammatic.

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1868, from monogram (n.). Related: Monogrammed; monogramming.

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