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[mon-uh-graf, -grahf] /ˈmɒn əˌgræf, -ˌgrɑf/
a treatise on a particular subject, as a biographical study or study of the works of one artist.
a highly detailed and thoroughly documented study or paper written about a limited area of a subject or field of inquiry:
scholarly monographs on medieval pigments.
an account of a single thing or class of things, as of a species of organism.
verb (used with object)
to write a monograph about.
Origin of monograph
1815-25; mono- + -graph
Related forms
[muh-nog-ruh-fer] /məˈnɒg rə fər/ (Show IPA),
monographist, noun
[mon-uh-graf-ik] /ˌmɒn əˈgræf ɪk/ (Show IPA),
monographical, adjective
monographically, adverb
Can be confused
monogram, monograph. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for monograph
  • Nothing makes an author and the author's publisher unhappy more easily than big dreams for a small monograph.
  • The last plate in the monograph demonstrated how different the new dinosaur was.
  • The result is a weak monograph that would have made a great research article.
  • The same pages of a historical novel or a well-written monograph is fine.
  • The more ambitious might also have looked up some old newspaper clips on microfilm or picked up a monograph in a school library.
  • You've never written a dissertation or a monograph until you actually do.
  • They could count on research libraries purchasing about eight hundred copies of any new monograph.
British Dictionary definitions for monograph


/ˈmɒnəˌɡrɑːf; -ˌɡræf/
a paper, book, or other work concerned with a single subject or aspect of a subject
(transitive) to write a monograph on
Derived Forms
monographer (mɒˈnɒɡrəfə), monographist, noun
monographic, adjective
monographically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for monograph

"treatise on a single subject," 1821, from mono- + -graph "something written." Earlier was monography (1773).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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