Definition of monograph in English:



  • A detailed written study of a single specialized subject or an aspect of it.

    ‘they are publishing a series of monographs on music in late medieval and Renaissance cities’
    • ‘Of special interest are a series of monographs related to distance education.’
    • ‘Every once in a while it is refreshing to put aside detailed academic monographs in favor of shorter studies that are full of suggestive concepts and ideas.’
    • ‘There existed until very recently only a handful of monographs on the subject.’
    • ‘Detailed notes and an excellent bibliographic essay end the monograph.’
    • ‘The wide interest for basic and applied research on photochromism in the last decade is well documented by two monographs.’
    • ‘In spite of the wealth of monographs on aspects of eighteenth-century Paris, few historians have offered a synthetic treatment of that city.’
    • ‘This series was established in 1966 to bridge the gap between specialist articles and monographs on the one hand and general surveys on the other.’
    • ‘A number of different proposals exist for the historical occasion of the letter, both in shorter studies and in monographs.’
    • ‘The full list of her book chapters, articles, monographs, curricula, manuals and more runs to many pages.’
    • ‘It was the first book on this subject since the monograph of L P Eisenhart in 1926.’
    • ‘By the early 1930s, monographs and more popular studies of world music had begun to appear in significant numbers, spurred on by the popularization of humanistic scholarship in general.’
    • ‘Although there are detailed monographs on leading goldsmiths in London, New York and Philadelphia during this period, nothing comparable exists for Ireland.’
    • ‘Academics will have to take time off from writing specialized articles and monographs long enough to write rigorous and stimulating textbooks for all grade levels.’
    • ‘In addition to single botanical monographs, there are several monographs on proprietary herbal combination products that have been the subject of clinical research.’
    • ‘The social history of crime is a vibrant area of intellectual enquiry, which since the 1960s has generated a proliferation of monographs and essays on a diversity of issues.’
    • ‘What about ‘non-traditional’ scholarship, which may appear in obscure peer-reviewed journals or specialized monographs.’
    • ‘In a series of essays and monographs written between 1885 and 1900, Freud radically reconceptualized hysteria.’
    • ‘I hope it will encourage the appearance of other local monographs as well as much-needed comprehensive studies of African American religion and churches.’
    • ‘He contributed the third volume in this series with his monograph on topology which we will mention again below.’
    • ‘To be sure, it is a worthy subject for a monograph or doctoral dissertation.’
    article, piece of writing, composition, study, paper, dissertation, assignment, thesis, discourse, treatise, text, tract, disquisition
    View synonyms


[with object]
  • Write a monograph on; treat in a monograph.

    ‘Meissner first monographed the plant in 1826’
    • ‘The late Ordovician brachiopods have been monographed by Villas, who detected a genetic, but not very close, similarity with Armorican and Perunican faunas.’
    • ‘Colosteus was recently monographed by Hook, and it might be difficult to significantly extend his description of the lower jaw.’
    • ‘The rich Hettangian ammonite fauna first collected and recognized by Muller has been monographed by Guex.’
    • ‘The species was last monographed by Lambe and by current standards is not well described, or adequately illustrated.’
    • ‘Samples taken by Richardson were monographed by Billings and subsequent documentation was usually in the form of fossil lists reported together with stratigraphic sections.’
    • ‘The first Chairman of the Department of Paleontology and his student monographed the morphology of this great carnivore in 1932.’
    • ‘In addition, the paleosols of these formations have also been monographed.’
    • ‘During his stay at Kent State, Loren monographed the Devonian and Mississippian conulariids of North America, and described disarticulated conulariids.’


Early 19th century (earlier monography): from modern Latin monographia, from monographus ‘writer on a single genus or species’.