Definition of epigraph in English:


Line breaks: epi|graph
Pronunciation: /ˈɛpɪgrɑːf


  • 1An inscription on a building, statue, or coin.
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    • 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.
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    • 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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