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[mon-uh-gram] /ˈmɒn əˌgræm/
a design consisting of two or more alphabetic letters combined or interlaced, commonly one's initials, often printed on stationery, embroidered on clothing, etc.
a single emblematic or decorative letter; applied initial.
verb (used with object), monogrammed, monogramming.
to decorate with a monogram.
1600-10; < Late Latin monogramma, irregular < Late Greek monógrammon. See mono-, -gram1
Related forms
[mon-uh-gruh-mat-ik] /ˌmɒn ə grəˈmæt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
monogrammatical, monogrammic, adjective
unmonogrammed, adjective
Can be confused
monogram, monograph. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for monogrammed
  • Skip the needle and thread and instead use stamps to make easy monogrammed handkerchiefs.
  • The modern and comfortably furnished guest rooms are cheery and immaculate, with new bathrooms and monogrammed pressed sheets.
  • Each piece of clothing, each photograph, each bejeweled mirror and monogrammed napkin became a genie's lamp waiting to be rubbed.
  • When he gesticulates, his watch and monogrammed cuff links glint in rhythmic display.
  • Chips, scrip, or play money must be permanently monogrammed with the logo of the licensed organization or of the supplier.
British Dictionary definitions for monogrammed


a design of one or more letters, esp initials, embroidered on clothing, printed on stationery, etc
verb monograms, monogramming, monogrammed
(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 monogrammed



"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.


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

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