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Part of speech: noun

Origin: French or late Latin, early 17th century


A manuscript handwritten by the person named as its author.

Examples of Holograph in a sentence

"Some authors prefer to write holographs rather than typing."

"The holograph was merely a first draft of her novel."

About Holograph

This word stems from the French “holographe,” or via late Latin from the Greek “holographos.” This comes from “holos,” meaning “whole” and “-graphos,” meaning “written, writing.”

Did you Know?

Many authors prefer producing a holograph of their work before typing and sending the draft off to a publisher. They include Joyce Carol Oates, Ernest Hemingway, Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, and Margaret Atwood, among others. Hemingway once said, “I write description in longhand because that’s hardest for me and you’re closer to the paper when you work by hand, but I use the typewriter for dialogue because people speak like a typewriter works.”

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