[ sig-nuh-cher, -choo r ]
/ ˈsɪg nə tʃər, -ˌtʃʊər /



serving to identify or distinguish a person, group, etc.: a signature tune.

Nearby words

  1. signalize,
  2. signally,
  3. signalman,
  4. signalment,
  5. signatory,
  6. signature loan,
  7. signature tune,
  8. signboard,
  9. signed english,
  10. signed minor

Origin of signature

1525–35; < Medieval Latin signātūra a signing, equivalent to Latin signāt(us) past participle of signāre to mark (see sign, -ate1) + -ūra -ure

Related formssig·na·ture·less, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for signature

British Dictionary definitions for signature


/ (ˈsɪɡnɪtʃə) /


the name of a person or a mark or sign representing his name, marked by himself or by an authorized deputy
the act of signing one's name
  1. a distinctive mark, characteristic, etc, that identifies a person or thing
  2. (as modifier)a signature fragrance
US the part of a medical prescription that instructs a patient how frequently and in what amounts he should take a drug or agentAbbreviation: Sig, S
  1. a sheet of paper printed with several pages that upon folding will become a section or sections of a book
  2. such a sheet so folded
  3. a mark, esp a letter, printed on the first page of a signature

Word Origin for signature

C16: from Old French, from Medieval Latin signātura, from Latin signāre to sign

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for signature



1530s, a kind of document in Scottish law, from Middle French signature (16c.) or directly from Medieval Latin signatura "signature, a rescript," in classical Latin "the matrix of a seal," from signatus, past participle of signare "to mark with a stamp, sign" (see sign (v.)).

Meaning "one's own name written in one's own hand" is from 1570s, replacing sign-manual (early 15c.) in this sense. Musical sense of "signs placed it the beginning of a staff to indicate the key and rhythm" is from 1806. Meaning "a distinguishing mark of any kind" is from 1620s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for signature


[ sĭgnə-chər ]


The part of a physician's prescription containing directions to the patient.

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