inscription

Inscription is a fancy word for “writing” — the act of writing or a small bit of writing. You weren't excited when you received the card, but the inscription inside made you weep with emotion. Here, have a tissue.

You can see the word script in inscription which can help you remember its meaning. You might find an inscription on a gravestone, on a locket, on a cufflink, or in a book. You were excited to see the inscription dedicating your friend's novel to you, until you fell asleep before page 10. Then you weren't sure what to say.

Primary Meanings of inscription

1.
n
the activity of inscribing (especially carving or engraving) letters or words
2.
n
a short message (as in a book or musical work or on a photograph) dedicating it to someone or something
Full Definitions of inscription
1

n the activity of inscribing (especially carving or engraving) letters or words

Types:
superscription
the activity of superscribing
Type of:
committal to writing, writing
the activity of putting something in written form

n letters inscribed (especially words engraved or carved) on something

Synonyms:
lettering
Types:
superscription
an inscription written above something else
epigraph
an engraved inscription
epitaph
an inscription on a tombstone or monument in memory of the person buried there
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)
2

n a short message (as in a book or musical work or on a photograph) dedicating it to someone or something

Synonyms:
dedication
Type of:
message
a communication (usually brief) that is written or spoken or signaled

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