from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A short, witty poem expressing a single thought or observation.
- n. A concise, clever, often paradoxical statement. See Synonyms at saying.
- n. Epigrammatic discourse or expression.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An inscription in stone.
- n. A brief but witty saying.
- n. A short, witty or pithy poem.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A short poem treating concisely and pointedly of a single thought or event. The modern epigram is so contrived as to surprise the reader with a witticism or ingenious turn of thought, and is often satirical in character.
- n. An effusion of wit; a bright thought tersely and sharply expressed, whether in verse or prose.
- n. The style of the epigram.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Gr. lit., a poetical inscription placed upon a tomb or public monument, as upon the face of a temple or public arch.
- n. Hence In a restricted sense, a short poem or piece in verse, which has only one subject, and finishes by a witty or ingenious turn of thought; hence, in a general sense, an interesting thought represented happily in a few words, whether verse or prose; a pointed or antithetical saying.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a witty saying
Middle English, from Old French epigramme, from Latin epigramma, from Greek, from epigraphein, to mark the surface, inscribe : epi-, epi- + graphein, to write; see gerbh- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin epigramma, from Ancient Greek ἐπίγραμμα (epigramma) "inscription". (Wiktionary)