Definition of epigraph in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɛpɪɡrɑːf/


1An inscription on a building, statue, or coin.
Example sentences
  • The epigraph could be seen clearly on the pillars and walls.
2A short quotation or saying at the beginning of a book or chapter, intended to suggest its theme.
Example sentences
  • The satirical structure and style of the novel are suggested by an epigraph from Mark Twain's travel book.
  • Each of the twelve poems in the third section of the book sports an epigraph from a Emerson essay.
  • The epigraph, a quotation from Dante, further obscures the atmosphere.


Late 16th century (denoting the heading of a document or letter): from Greek epigraphē, from epigraphein 'write on'.

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