Definition of holograph in US English:



  • A manuscript handwritten by the person named as its author.

    as modifier ‘a holograph letter by Abraham Lincoln’
    • ‘Others are clearly the holographs of literate people.’
    • ‘The master had forged - and sold handsomely - holograph letters from Aeschylus to Pythagoras and Alexander to Aristotle, among many others.’
    • ‘Another good example of how 8 has been commonly misinterpreted is found in the holograph journal of Father Jacques Marquette.’
    • ‘It published the last poem he wrote before his death as a holograph in his italic script.’


Early 17th century: from French holographe, or via late Latin from Greek holographos, from holos ‘whole’ + -graphos ‘written, writing’.