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[mon-uh-graf, -grahf]
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  1. a treatise on a particular subject, as a biographical study or study of the works of one artist.
  2. a highly detailed and thoroughly documented study or paper written about a limited area of a subject or field of inquiry: scholarly monographs on medieval pigments.
  3. an account of a single thing or class of things, as of a species of organism.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to write a monograph about.
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Origin of monograph

First recorded in 1815–25; mono- + -graph
Related formsmo·nog·ra·pher [muh-nog-ruh-fer] /məˈnɒg rə fər/, mo·nog·ra·phist, nounmon·o·graph·ic [mon-uh-graf-ik] /ˌmɒn əˈgræf ɪk/, mon·o·graph·i·cal, adjectivemon·o·graph·i·cal·ly, adverb
Can be confusedmonogram monograph
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Related Words for monograph

essay, dissertation, treatise, thesis, discourse, tract

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British Dictionary definitions for monograph


  1. a paper, book, or other work concerned with a single subject or aspect of a subject
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  1. (tr) to write a monograph on
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Derived Formsmonographer (mɒˈnɒɡrəfə) or monographist, nounmonographic, adjectivemonographically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for monograph


"treatise on a single subject," 1821, from mono- + -graph "something written." Earlier was monography (1773).

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