Definition of

Signature

  1. (noun, attribute) a distinguishing style
  2. (noun, communication) a sheet with several pages printed on it; it folds to page size and is bound with other signatures to form a book
  3. (noun, communication) your name written in your own handwriting
  4. (noun, communication) the sharps or flats that follow the clef and indicate the key
  5. (noun, communication) a melody used to identify a performer or a dance band or radio/tv program

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Origin of the word Signature

  1. 1534, a kind of document in Scottish law, from M.Fr. signature (16c.), from M.L. signatura "sign," in classical L. "the matrix of a seal," from signatus, pp. of signare "to mark, sign" (see sign). Meaning "one's own name written in one's own hand" is from 1580, replacing sign-manual (1428) in this sense. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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