Definition of monogram in English:

monogram

noun

  • A motif of two or more interwoven letters, typically a person's initials, used to identify a personal possession or as a logo.

    ‘a handkerchief with his monogram embroidered on one corner’
    • ‘The maker's mark on the dishes is a distinctive monogram, clearly composed of the initials ‘RF’.’
    • ‘The monogram EJP is positioned identically on both.’
    • ‘Her gaze very slowly lowered to the monogram on the needlework sample and she swallowed hard.’
    • ‘These yield an unearthly effect, especially since the artist has draped his monogram, suspended from a garland, across the top of the picture.’
    • ‘Crucially for Fitzroy fans, it will prominently feature the FFC monogram.’
    • ‘Many couples include monograms or logos that are repeated other places in the wedding and reception as well.’
    • ‘I thought the Marc brand was beyond monograms - turns out I was wrong.’
    • ‘My mother was obviously very concerned as to what her children's initials would look like when displayed as monograms on dressing-gowns and sets of luggage.’
    • ‘It is signed with a monogram, or perhaps a small drawing, which I will not even attempt to describe.’
    • ‘There are numerous further examples of closely comparable enamels inscribed with these monograms.’
    • ‘Use strips of ribbon or braid to make a family monogram, or embroider it by hand or machine.’
    • ‘Both spoons, in addition to the monogram, bear the incuse letter ‘m,’ which, it has been believed, signifies manufacture no later than 1875.’
    • ‘Develop your own personal monogram for your art!’
    • ‘Both cabinets include the discreet monogram of the painter E.J. Poynter in the third panel.’
    • ‘At an initial glance, the calligraphic monogram looks like a flowery collection of decorative marks.’
    • ‘Traditional monograms are created with the last name initial centered and larger than the other characters around it.’
    • ‘A single first initial of your first name as a monogram has a casual, whimsical kind of feel.’
    • ‘For a touch of elegance and personalization, embellish the pocket with an embroidered monogram or crest.’
    • ‘Many of the cases were personalized with monograms and scuffed by wear.’
    • ‘These days, Childs sports a purple baseball cap with his monogram and the initials of his college fraternity, Omega Psi Phi, on it.’
    emblem, symbol, logo, badge, stamp, trademark, crest, insignia, coat of arms, escutcheon, seal, mark, figure, design, rune, logotype, logogram, hallmark, tag, motto, token, motif, colophon, ideogram
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verb

[with object]
  • Decorate with a monogram.

    ‘Irish linen napkins monogrammed with the initials C.S’
    ‘monogrammed sheets’
    • ‘Ciampa, who wears crisp monogrammed shirts and walks with an imperial gait, sticks to the role of advice giver in the old-school style.’
    • ‘For example, we monogram pillowcases for regular customers.’
    • ‘We ought really to have been wearing monogrammed bathrobes.’
    • ‘His most prized possession, an obsolete can opener with the monogrammed initial ‘S,’ was still at Tatz's apartment along with his only change of socks.’
    • ‘The monogrammed towels and bathrobes are large and fluffy.’
    • ‘Use your machine to monogram his initial on the tie.’
    • ‘‘I'm going to the rest room,’ Kaitlyn announced, folding the monogrammed napkin back in place.’
    • ‘He's got the shoes-without-socks look just right and similarly, his monogrammed shirt - ‘DJ’ is stitched in small letters on the left collar - should be poncy but isn't.’
    • ‘Police obtained a search warrant for the doctor's home, where they seized several monogrammed shirts.’
    • ‘They are monogrammed with the arms of Devon families - Cholwich impaling Duntz.’
    • ‘The front door was painted a creamy white, and had a bronze knocker entrenched in the center, monogrammed with the house's name.’
    • ‘Everybody and their sister used to wear these back when many of us were in preppy Izod shirts, turtlenecks, and monogrammed sweaters.’
    • ‘Her Portland, Oregon, home is full of the things she loves - peeling painted furniture, Mexican artifacts, architectural salvage, monogrammed French linens.’
    • ‘Last year I lost a lot of the ornaments, I just couldn't find them, as well as our monogrammed Christmas stockings.’
    • ‘I had a drawerful of the things, most of them with a neat J monogrammed in one corner.’
    • ‘Gliding around the courtroom in one of his deep-blue suits and white monogrammed shirts, Perri tells the jury that Aimes lied in his original statement to the police.’
    • ‘The big trend for monogrammed tote bags will be big initials, printed across the whole side panel of the bag in big, bold colors.’
    • ‘They wear blue jeans and work boots and shirts with their first names monogrammed above the pocket.’
    • ‘The main feature of each room is either a four-poster or half-tester bed, all adorned with inviting monogrammed white linen sheets and pillows.’
    • ‘Other quick-change options include crocheted doilies, printed tea towels, monogrammed napkins, or hemmed fabric remnants.’

Origin

Late 17th century: from French monogramme, from late Latin monogramma, from Greek.

Pronunciation

monogram

/ˈmɒnəɡram/