Definition of monograph in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmänəˌɡraf/


A detailed written study of a single specialized subject or an aspect of it: a series of monographs on music in late medieval and Renaissance cities
More example sentences
  • Academics will have to take time off from writing specialized articles and monographs long enough to write rigorous and stimulating textbooks for all grade levels.
  • To be sure, it is a worthy subject for a monograph or doctoral dissertation.
  • Every once in a while it is refreshing to put aside detailed academic monographs in favor of shorter studies that are full of suggestive concepts and ideas.


[with object]
Write a monograph on; treat in a monograph.
Example sentences
  • Samples taken by Richardson were monographed by Billings and subsequent documentation was usually in the form of fossil lists reported together with stratigraphic sections.
  • The species was last monographed by Lambe and by current standards is not well described, or adequately illustrated.
  • During his stay at Kent State, Loren monographed the Devonian and Mississippian conulariids of North America, and described disarticulated conulariids.



Pronunciation: /məˈnäɡrəfər/
Example sentences
  • Darger's monographer, an expert on the art of the insane, has confessed that he thinks Darger was a kind of suppressed serial killer.
  • There are no tasks which require the conscientious and painstaking effort of sedulous monographers.


Pronunciation: /məˈnäɡrəfist/
Example sentences
  • Although there are scholars, monographists, librarians, and hacks aplenty in Borge's work, none of them, as he points out, ‘ever writes anything down’.


Early 19th century (earlier monography): from modern Latin monographia, from monographus 'writer on a single genus or species'.

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