Definition of autograph in English:


Syllabification: au·to·graph
Pronunciation: /ˈôtəˌgraf


  • 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.
  • 2A manuscript or musical score in the author’s or musician’s own handwriting.
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    • 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.
  • 2.1A person’s handwriting: a songbook in Purcell’s autograph
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    • Fernandes left in autograph over 250 festal chanzonetas and villancicos.


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  • (Of a celebrity) 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.
    sign, sign one's name to


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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.
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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.


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'.

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