- any witty, ingenious, or pointed saying tersely expressed.
- epigrammatic expression: Oscar Wilde had a genius for epigram.
- a short, often satirical poem dealing concisely with a single subject and usually ending with a witty or ingenious turn of thought.
- a witty, often paradoxical remark, concisely expressed
- a short, pungent, and often satirical poem, esp one having a witty and ingenious ending
mid-15c., from Middle French épigramme, from Latin epigramma “an inscription,” from Greek epigramma “an inscription, epitaph, epigram,” from epigraphein “to write on, inscribe” (see epigraph). Related: Epigrammatist.
Any pithy, witty saying or short poem. An aphorism can serve as an epigram, if it is brief.