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a person’s own signature:
He collects autographs of artists.
something written in a person’s own hand, as a manuscript or letter.
written by a person’s own hand:
an autograph letter.
containing autographs:
an autograph album.
to write one’s name on or in; sign:
to autograph a book.
to write with one’s own hand.
Contemporary Examples

But the thing I love the most is that they always mail me pictures to autograph and letters to talk about their story.
Backstage With the Victoria’s Secret Angels Erin Cunningham December 9, 2013

It’s nothing for someone to walk up to me in the store or at a restaurant and ask for an autograph or speak to me.
Porn Stars on the Year in Porn: Drone Erotica, Belle Knox, and Wild Sex Aurora Snow December 26, 2014

Most of all, Lewis is immensely moved by the young black people who approach him for his autograph.
Norm Lewis, Broadway’s First Black ‘Phantom,’ on Racism, Heroes, and Dream Roles Tim Teeman March 20, 2014

Mother took me to see him in a department store,” she said years later, “and he asked for my autograph.
Shirley Temple Survived Being the Biggest Child Star of All Time With Wit and Grace Malcolm Jones February 10, 2014

When people come to my signings, I autograph books for people who are blubbing so seriously I have to hold them in my arms.
Armistead Maupin Bids Farewell to ‘Tales’ Tim Teeman February 1, 2014

Historical Examples

A few days afterwards the Prince gave him his autograph, and also chose a dozen or so of his photograph (sic).
The Life and Letters of Lewis Carroll Stuart Dodgson Collingwood

Pasted at the end is Coram’s autograph letter, dated “June 10th, 1746.”
De Libris: Prose and Verse Austin Dobson

They talk of affinities between the autograph and the character: what affinity was there here?
The Professor (AKA Charlotte Bronte) Currer Bell

It proved to be an autograph from the Flying Dutchman to his wife.
A Virtuoso’s Collection (From “Mosses From An Old Manse”) Nathaniel Hawthorne

He presented an autograph of the numbers composed to the Wrzburg Musikverein.
Richard Wagner His Life and His Dramas W. J. Henderson


a handwritten signature, esp that of a famous person
(as modifier): an autograph album

a person’s handwriting

a book, document, etc, handwritten by its author; original manuscript; holograph
(as modifier): an autograph letter

verb (transitive)
to write one’s signature on or in; sign
to write with one’s own hand

“a person’s signature,” 1791, from Latin autographum, from Greek autographon, neuter of autographos “written with one’s own hand,” from autos- “self” (see auto-) + graphein “to write” (originally “to scratch;” see -graphy). Used earlier (1640s) to mean “author’s own manuscript.”

“to sign one’s name,” 1837, from autograph (n.). Related: Autographed; autographing. Earlier “to write with one’s own hand” (1818).


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