epigraph


noun

  1. an inscription, especially on a building, statue, or the like.
  2. an apposite quotation at the beginning of a book, chapter, etc.

noun

  1. a quotation at the beginning of a book, chapter, etc, suggesting its theme
  2. an inscription on a monument or building
n.

1620s, “inscription on a building, statue, etc.,” from Greek epigraphe “an inscription,” from epigraphein “to write on,” from epi “on” (see epi-) + graphein “to write” (see -graphy). Sense of “motto; short, pithy sentence at the head of a book or chapter” first recorded in English 1844.

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