If you've ever had a set of stationery with your initials printed on it, you know what a monogram is — it's those three letters at the top.

When you buy a towel, a blanket, or a sweater you can often pay a little extra for a monogram, to get the initials of your first, middle, and last names embroidered on them. Writing paper, wedding invitations, envelopes, and other paper goods are commonly printed with a monogram — or monogrammed. Fancy silverware can also be imprinted with a monogram, as can gold and silver jewelry. The root is Greek, monogrammon, which means "intertwined letters."

Definitions of monogram
  1. noun
    a graphic symbol consisting of 2 or more letters combined (usually your initials); printed on stationery or embroidered on clothing
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    type of:
    an arbitrary sign (written or printed) that has acquired a conventional significance
  2. verb
    mark, print, or embroider with one’s initials or other letters
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    type of:
    adorn, beautify, decorate, embellish, grace, ornament
    make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.
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