autograph

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin autographum, in turn from Ancient Greek αὐτόγραφον (autógraphon, a writing in one’s own hand). Equivalent to auto- +‎ -graph.

Noun[edit]

autograph (plural autographs)

  1. A person’s own handwriting, especially the signature of a famous or admired person.
  2. A manuscript in the author’s handwriting.

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Adjective[edit]

autograph (not comparable)

  1. Written in the author’s own handwriting.
  2. (art) Made by the artist himself or herself; authentic.
    • 1979, Nancy L Pressly, The Fuseli Circle in Rome, Yale Center for British Art, p. 37:
      Schiff [] believes most of the drawings are autograph.
    • 1992, Malise Forbes Adam & Mary Mauchline, in Wendy Wassyng Roworth (ed.), Angelica Kauffman, Reaktion Books 1992, p. 116:
      Not surprisingly, he attributed to Kauffman two important works that are no longer accepted as autograph.

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Verb[edit]

autograph (third-person singular simple present autographs, present participle autographing, simple past and past participle autographed)

  1. (transitive) To sign, or write one’s name or signature on a book etc
  2. (transitive) To write something in one's own handwriting

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