Definition of monograph in US English:



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

    ‘a series of monographs on music in late medieval and Renaissance cities’
    • ‘In a series of essays and monographs written between 1885 and 1900, Freud radically reconceptualized hysteria.’
    • ‘Although there are detailed monographs on leading goldsmiths in London, New York and Philadelphia during this period, nothing comparable exists for Ireland.’
    • ‘It was the first book on this subject since the monograph of L P Eisenhart in 1926.’
    • ‘What about ‘non-traditional’ scholarship, which may appear in obscure peer-reviewed journals or specialized monographs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Detailed notes and an excellent bibliographic essay end the monograph.’
    • ‘Of special interest are a series of monographs related to distance education.’
    • ‘In spite of the wealth of monographs on aspects of eighteenth-century Paris, few historians have offered a synthetic treatment of that city.’
    • ‘A number of different proposals exist for the historical occasion of the letter, both in shorter studies and in monographs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The full list of her book chapters, articles, monographs, curricula, manuals and more runs to many pages.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I hope it will encourage the appearance of other local monographs as well as much-needed comprehensive studies of African American religion and churches.’
    • ‘There existed until very recently only a handful of monographs on the subject.’
    • ‘To be sure, it is a worthy subject for a monograph or doctoral dissertation.’
    • ‘The wide interest for basic and applied research on photochromism in the last decade is well documented by two monographs.’
    • ‘In addition to single botanical monographs, there are several monographs on proprietary herbal combination products that have been the subject of clinical research.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He contributed the third volume in this series with his monograph on topology which we will mention again below.’
    article, piece of writing, composition, study, paper, dissertation, assignment, thesis, discourse, treatise, text, tract, disquisition
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[with object]
  • Write a monograph on; treat in a monograph.

    • ‘The first Chairman of the Department of Paleontology and his student monographed the morphology of this great carnivore in 1932.’
    • ‘The rich Hettangian ammonite fauna first collected and recognized by Muller has been monographed by Guex.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 late Ordovician brachiopods have been monographed by Villas, who detected a genetic, but not very close, similarity with Armorican and Perunican faunas.’
    • ‘The species was last monographed by Lambe and by current standards is not well described, or adequately illustrated.’
    • ‘Colosteus was recently monographed by Hook, and it might be difficult to significantly extend his description of the lower jaw.’


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