- a design consisting of two or more alphabetic letters combined or interlaced, commonly one’s initials, often printed on stationery, embroidered on clothing, etc.
- a single emblematic or decorative letter; applied initial.
verb (used with object), mon·o·grammed, mon·o·gram·ming.
- to decorate with a monogram.
- a design of one or more letters, esp initials, embroidered on clothing, printed on stationery, etc
verb monograms, monogramming or monogrammed
- (tr; usually passive) to decorate (clothing, stationery, etc) with a monogram
n.“two or more letters intertwined,” 1690s, from French monogramme or directly from Late Latin monogramma (5c.), from Late Greek monogrammon “a character formed of several letters in one design,” especially in reference to the signature of the Byzantine emperors, noun use of neuter of monogrammos (adj.) “consisting of a single letter,” literally “drawn with single lines,” from Greek monos “single, alone” (see mono-) + gramma “letter, line” (see grammar). Earlier it meant “sketch or picture drawn in lines only, without shading or color,” a sense also found in Latin and probably in Greek. Related: Monogrammatic. v.1868, from monogram (n.). Related: Monogrammed; monogramming.