An epigraph is an engraved inscription on a building or statue, or a quotation at the beginning of a piece of writing.

If you look on the U.S. government minted coins in your pocket, you'll see the epigraph "In God We Trust." Epigraph comes from the Greek roots epi- ("on") and graphein ("write"), a root you'll recognize from autograph, graphite, graphic novel, and lots of other familiar words that have to do with writing or drawing.

Definitions of epigraph

n a quotation at the beginning of some piece of writing

Type of:
citation, quotation, quote
a passage or expression that is quoted or cited

n an engraved inscription

Type of:
inscription, lettering
letters inscribed (especially words engraved or carved) on something

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