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monogram

[mon-uh-gram] /ˈmɒn əˌgræm/
noun
1.
a design consisting of two or more alphabetic letters combined or interlaced, commonly one's initials, often printed on stationery, embroidered on clothing, etc.
2.
a single emblematic or decorative letter; applied initial.
verb (used with object), monogrammed, monogramming.
3.
to decorate with a monogram.
Origin
1600-1610
1600-10; < Late Latin monogramma, irregular < Late Greek monógrammon. See mono-, -gram1
Related forms
monogrammatic
[mon-uh-gruh-mat-ik] /ˌmɒn ə grəˈmæt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
monogrammatical, monogrammic, adjective
unmonogrammed, adjective
Can be confused
monogram, monograph.
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British Dictionary definitions for monogram

monogram

/ˈmɒnəˌɡræm/
noun
1.
a design of one or more letters, esp initials, embroidered on clothing, printed on stationery, etc
verb monograms, monogramming, monogrammed
2.
(transitive; usually passive) to decorate (clothing, stationery, etc) with a monogram
Derived Forms
monogrammatic (ˌmɒnəɡrəˈmætɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin monogramma, from Greek; see mono-, -gram
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Word Origin and History for monogram
n.

"two or more letters intertwined," 1690s, from French monogramme or directly from Late Latin monogramma (5c.), from Late Greek monogrammon "a character formed of several letters in one design," especially in reference to the signature of the Byzantine emperors, noun use of neuter of monogrammos (adj.) "consisting of a single letter," literally "drawn with single lines," from Greek monos "single, alone" (see mono-) + gramma "letter, line" (see grammar). Earlier it meant "sketch or picture drawn in lines only, without shading or color," a sense also found in Latin and probably in Greek. Related: Monogrammatic.

v.

1868, from monogram (n.). Related: Monogrammed; monogramming.

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