Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A design composed of one or more letters, typically the initials of a name, used as an identifying mark.
  • transitive v. To mark with a design composed of one or more letters.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A picture drawn in line only, before the colour and/or shading is applied; an outline sketch.
  • n. A sentence consisting of only one line, or an epigram consisting of only one verse, of poetry.
  • n. A design composed of one or more letters, often intertwined, used as an identifying mark of an individual or institution.
  • v. To mark something with a monogram.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A character or cipher composed of two or more letters interwoven or combined so as to represent a name, or a part of it (usually the initials). Monograms are often used on seals, ornamental pins, rings, buttons, and by painters, engravers, etc., to distinguish their works.
  • n. A picture in lines; a sketch.
  • n. An arbitrary sign for a word.
  • transitive v. To inscribe or ornament with a monogram.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One character in writing; a mark or design formed or consisting of one letter.
  • n. Two or more of the letters of a name or word, or of the initials of several names or words, so combined as to form or appear to form a single character.
  • n. A picture drawn in lines without color; a sketch.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a graphic symbol consisting of 2 or more letters combined (usually your initials); printed on stationery or embroidered on clothing

Etymologies

Late Latin monogramma, from Late Greek monogrammon, from neuter of monogrammos, consisting of a single letter : Greek mono-, mono- + Greek gramma, letter; see -gram.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the Classical Latin adjective monogrammus, from the conjectured Ancient Greek * μονόγραμμος (monogrammos, "outlined”, “drawn with single lines"). (Wiktionary)
Formed as mono- + -gram, by analogy with epigram. (Wiktionary)
The noun derives from the post-Classical Latin monogrammum, itself from the Byzantine Greek μονόγραμμον (monogrammon); cf. the French and Middle French monogramme, as well as the Italian monogramma. The verb derives from the noun; compare the earlier adjective monogrammed and the slightly earlier noun monogramming. (Wiktionary)

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