Definition of


  1. (noun, communication) a print made by an impression of the ridges in the skin of a finger; often used for biometric identification in criminal investigations
  2. (noun, communication) a generic term for any identifying characteristic
  3. (noun, attribute) a smudge made by a (dirty) finger
  4. (verb, creation) take an impression of a person's fingerprints

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Synonyms of Fingerprint


Origin of the word Fingerprint

  1. 1859 (n.), 1905 (v.), from finger + print. Related: Fingerprinted; fingerprinting. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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