AskDefine | Define monogram

Dictionary Definition

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

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. A design composed of one or more letters, often intertwined, used as an identifying mark of an individual or institution.


a design composed of one or more letters used as an identifying mark
  • French: monogramme
  • German: Monogramm
  • Hungarian: monogram


  1. To mark something with a monogram.


(transitive) to mark something with a monogram
  • French: monogrammer
  • German: monogrammieren
  • Hungarian: monogramoz

Extensive Definition

A monogram is a motif made by overlapping or combining two or more letters or other graphemes to form one symbol. Monograms are often made by combining the initials of an individual or a company, and may be used as recognizable symbols or logos. A series of uncombined initials, such as "TCM", is properly referred to as a cypher and is not, strictly speaking, a monogram, although ciphers are frequently referred to as monograms.
A monogram may have signed the sometimes artistic products (sculptures, pieces of furniture, etc) of craftsmen, especially when the guilds enforced measures against unauthorized participation to the trade.
An individual's monogram is often a very fancy piece of art for adorning luggage, clothing, and so forth.
Monograms of the names of monarchs are used as part of the insignia of public organizations in kingdoms, such as on police badges. This indicates a connection to the ruler.
Some monograms, like the interrobang, are not used for companies. These, rather, are used as letters, punctuation, and the like.
monogram in German: Monogramm
monogram in Spanish: Monograma
monogram in French: Monogramme
monogram in Lithuanian: Monograma
monogram in Macedonian: Монограм
monogram in Dutch: Monogram
monogram in Japanese: モノグラム
monogram in Norwegian: Monogram
monogram in Polish: Monogram
monogram in Portuguese: Monograma
monogram in Swedish: Monogram

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

ID card, John Hancock, X, alphabetic character, autograph, badge, calligram, calling card, card, character, christcross, cipher, countermark, countersign, countersignature, counterstamp, credentials, cross, device, dog tag, endorsement, graph, grapheme, hand, identification, identification badge, identification tag, initials, letter, letter of introduction, lexigraphic character, mark, mark of signature, phonetic character, phonetic symbol, pictographic character, press card, seal, serial number, sigil, sign, sign manual, signature, signet, subscription, syllabic, symbol, tessera, visa, vise, visiting card, writing, written character
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