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Monogram definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

MON'OGRAM, n. [Gr. sole and letter.] A character or cypher composed of one, two or more letters interwoven, being an abbreviation of a name; used on seals, etc.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

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

Merriam Webster's

I. noun Etymology: Late Latin monogramma, from Greek mon- + gramma letter more at gram Date: circa 1696 a sign of identity usually formed of the combined initials of a name monogrammatic adjective II. transitive verb (-grammed; -gramming) Date: 1868 to mark with a monogram monogrammer noun

Britannica Concise

Originally a cipher consisting of a single letter, later a design or mark consisting of two or more letters intertwined. The letters thus interlaced may be either all the letters of a name or the initial letters of the given names and surname of a person for use on notepaper, seals, or elsewhere. Many early Greek and Roman coins bear the monograms of rulers or towns. Most famous is the sacred monogram, which is formed by the conjunction of the first two Greek letters of XR&Igr; &Sgr; &Tgr; O&Sgr; (Christ), usually with the a (alpha) and &ohgr; (omega) of the Apocalypse on each side of it. The Middle Ages were extremely prolific in inventing ciphers for ecclesiastical, artistic, and commercial use. Related devices are the colophons used for identification by publishers and printers, the hallmarks of goldsmiths and silversmiths, and the logos adopted by corporations.

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. two or more letters, esp. a person's initials, interwoven as a device. Derivatives: monogrammatic adj. monogrammed adj. Etymology: F monogramme f. LL monogramma f. Gk (as MONO-, -GRAM)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Monogram Mon"o*gram, n. [L. monogramma; Gr. ? single + ? letter, fr. ? to write: cf. F. monogramme. See Graphic.] 1. 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. Monogram. Note: The monogram above, combining the letters of the name Karolvs, was used by Charlemagne. 2. A picture in lines; a sketch. [R.] 3. An arbitrary sign for a word. [R.]

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

XP XP [Belongs here in appearance only.] The first two letters of the Greek word XRISTOS, Christ; -- an abbreviation used with the letters separate or, oftener, in a monogram, often inclosed in a circle, as a symbol or emblem of Christ. It use as an emblem was introduced by Constantine the Great, whence it is known as the Constantinian symbol, or monogram. See Labarum.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(monograms) A monogram is a design based on the first letters of a person's names, which is put on things they own, such as their clothes. N-COUNT

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