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autograph

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Pronunciation: /ˈɔːtəɡrɑːf
 
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Definition of autograph in English:

noun

1A signature, especially that of a celebrity written as a memento for an admirer: fans surged around the car asking for autographs
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  • I still have their autographs, written in English and Chinese, in my autograph album.
  • Apart from autographs, the gallery also sells small pieces of signed film footage, framed and mounted, the cheapest items in the shop.
  • His job, and his obsession, is collecting and trading in the autographs of celebrities.
Synonyms
informal moniker
North American informal John Hancock
2A manuscript or musical score in an author’s or musician’s own handwriting: the earliest version of the work is possibly an autograph
More example sentences
  • The Cainan difference is not an error in the original autographs of Scripture, but one of the extremely few copyist's errors in the manuscripts available today.
2.1 [mass noun] A person’s handwriting: a songbook in Purcell’s autograph
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  • Fernandes left in autograph over 250 festal chanzonetas and villancicos.

verb

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Write one’s signature on (something); sign: the whole team autographed a shirt for him (as adjective autographed) an autographed photo
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  • You know, several years ago, I was in New York City autographing the first book that I had written.
  • After the service, Alexander retreats to an office in the back of the building, where he spends the next hour autographing pictures and answering mail from fans.
  • I'll be there autographing copies of my new Tiger book.
Synonyms
sign, write one's signature on, sign one's name on

adjective

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1Written in the author’s own handwriting: an autograph manuscript
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  • For the first time, we have detailed studies of all of Purcell's autograph manuscripts, together with surveys of the important secondary sources.
  • Historically, sketches have been autograph manuscripts, but today a sketch of an electronic work might be in the form of a tape, or notation might be realized in a computer notation program, and so on.
  • Both the melody and the four-part harmonisation are printed as facsimile reproductions of the composer's autograph manuscript.
1.1(Of a painting or sculpture) done by the artist, not by a copier: five of the drawings are accepted as autograph
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  • The computer has succeeded in dividing a set of landscape drawings by the artist between autograph works and others along the same lines as art historians.
  • Prized for their status as original autograph works of Greek art, these images stood as witnesses to the civilizing power of Rome.
  • It entered the gallery under a false provenance and for a short time in the nineteenth century was regarded as autograph.

Origin

early 17th century: from French autographe or late Latin autographum, from Greek autographon, neuter of autographos 'written with one's own hand', from autos 'self' + graphos 'written'.

Derivatives

autographic

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Pronunciation: /-ˈɡrafɪk/
adjective
Example sentences
  • ‘The autographic handwriting is very important to me,’ he says.
  • The sketch itself is a work of art, and one that is autographic, in spite of its being used as a guide to the production of the final work.
  • Of course, these abstract markings have been enlarged and transferred from Rowland's own designs, which makes them iconic renderings of autographic originals.

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