If you sign your name on something, you autograph it. You have to autograph a check before it can be cashed.

An autograph is a signature. Famous people are asked for their autographs all the time, but you might be surprised and flattered if a little girl asked for yours after you played Dorothy in your community theater production of "The Wizard of Oz." An original manuscript or musical composition written in the handwriting of the author or composer is also called an autograph. In 1938, the Museum of Modern Art displayed an autograph of Mark Twain's "Tom Sawyer."

Definitions of autograph

n a person's own signature

John Hancock
Type of:
your name written in your own handwriting

n something written by one's own hand

Dead Sea scrolls
(Old Testament) a collection of written scrolls (containing nearly all of the Old Testament) found in a cave near the Dead Sea in the late 1940s
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holograph, manuscript
handwritten book or document
codex, leaf-book
an unbound manuscript of some ancient classic (as distinguished from a scroll)
a manuscript (usually written on papyrus or parchment) on which more than one text has been written with the earlier writing incompletely erased and still visible
roll, scroll
a document that can be rolled up (as for storage)
Type of:
piece of writing, writing, written material
the work of a writer; anything expressed in letters of the alphabet (especially when considered from the point of view of style and effect)

v mark with one's signature

“The author autographed his book”
Type of:
be engaged by a written agreement

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