Meaning of signature in English:


Pronunciation /ˈsɪɡnətʃə/

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  • 1A person's name written in a distinctive way as a form of identification in authorizing a cheque or document or concluding a letter.

    ‘the signature of a senior manager’
    • ‘The analysis concluded that the signature on the document was ‘very similar’ to Chen's.’
    • ‘A petition is nothing more than a list of names, addresses and signatures with your cause written at the top of each page.’
    • ‘The group began with the signed letter of September 5 with more than 800 signatures and verified the names and identification.’
    • ‘Six years later, his name appeared as the second of 25 signatures on a document requesting the incorporation of Richmond.’
    • ‘The cheques required two signatures but she often forged the names of colleagues.’
    • ‘We also went back to the 1600s to find signatures on letters written by Cassini and Christian Huygens.’
    • ‘Were the legislature of the view that a reliable document bearing the signature of its author would be sufficient to operate as a testamentary instrument, it could have so legislated.’
    • ‘This decision was given the legal sanction in a rather drab ritual at the marriage registrar's office, with a few friends to witness and append their signatures on the documents as required.’
    • ‘Seven per cent confessed to assuming another person's identity through forging their signature on letters or cheques.’
    • ‘While most signatures were written in longhand, some names were neatly handprinted on blocks.’
    • ‘Frank starts out small, forging signatures and cheques and soon moves into a rather successful succession of fake identities and fraudulent cheques.’
    • ‘His was one of two required signatures on the cheque.’
    • ‘The pen is used mostly to write signatures, while picking up the Chinese brush, which is difficult and inconvenient to use, is rarer still.’
    • ‘So popular he is that people, young and old, rush in a stampede to collect a baseball hat bearing his name and signatures of his trainer and jockey.’
    • ‘To obtain voter credentials (in Mexico), the citizen must present a photo, write a signature and give a thumbprint.’
    • ‘His signature was written nicely at the end of the letter, and I could actually understand what the words meant.’
    • ‘Although he accepted the signature was on the cheque, he maintains he must have signed it with no knowledge of its true purpose.’
    • ‘It may be concluded that the signature of a painter is the key to determine whether his painting is original or not.’
    • ‘When he asked to see the cashed cheque, the signature bore no resemblance to his own.’
    • ‘Because of his poor sight, and the fact that he has had a stroke, he has difficulty in writing his signature so I hold a power of attorney to deal with his affairs.’
    signature, initials
    1. 1.1mass noun The action of signing a document.
      ‘the licence was sent to the customer for signature’
      • ‘Its international credit card follows the international tradition, that only signature is needed and customers don't need to input a PIN.’
      • ‘Shortly afterwards, a supply agreement would be sent to the Access Customer for signature.’
      • ‘Mr. Pierson would send to each Academy member a document for signature.’
      • ‘Robinson, aged 57, has been informed by London solicitors Ashurst, Morris Chrisp that agreement has been reached with Mansport and documents are now awaiting signature.’
      • ‘On February 19, 1993 the bank sent the deceased trust documents for signature but they were never returned.’
      • ‘When presented for signature, the document must be in such a state that its terms are readily legible.’
      • ‘States who do not sign instruments at the time of opening for signature often accede en masse.’
      • ‘Peter Faulding's earliest account (given to Mr James) was that the document was produced for signature at the end of the meeting.’
      • ‘If checks are prepared by someone other than the treasurer for the treasurer's signature, the treasurer should see the supporting document before signing the check.’
      • ‘The CSAF provides input, more edits are made, and the corrected document is returned to the CSAF for signature.’
      • ‘However, what the Bank put before him for signature by way of security documents was a mortgage for the ‘Sneaths’ property.’
      • ‘The letter also envisages that that would take place since it states that the formal preparation of the contract documents would be progressed for signature by both parties.’
      • ‘Where a single document is prepared for signature by several persons, the document on its face points to a conclusion that the signatures of all are essential to its validity.’
      • ‘Under Royal Thai law all documents presented to you for signature will be in Thai.’
      • ‘It includes notes for architects in preparing and completing the documents to be sent for signature.’
      • ‘I will prepare the appointment documents and forward them to you for signature.’
      • ‘The easiest way for a bill to become law is that one chamber passes the legislation and sends it to the other chamber, which adopts it in its entirety, allowing the bill to be sent to the president for signature.’
    2. 1.2A distinctive pattern, product, or characteristic by which someone or something can be identified.
      ‘the chef produced the pâté that was his signature’
      • ‘his signature dish’
      • ‘To give you something of the flavour, bangers and mash with onion gravy is the signature dish among the 12 main courses, which also include steak and kidney pie, and grilled sea bass with lemon butter.’
      • ‘It began developing its signature brand of dairy products in 1984.’
      • ‘The final movement begins with a jaunty feel to it, before moving into more reserved territory with the short repetitive bursts of melody that became such a signature of Glass style.’
      • ‘My signature dish at the time was a thin slice of farmed salmon, seared until crisp on one side and served atop a mound of avocado salsa, surrounded by a herb butter sauce.’
      • ‘These teachers have selected the finest recordings of the signature works of the great composers.’
      • ‘Cells tugged in one direction sent biochemical signals in the opposite direction in the form of a signature pattern of fluorescent light.’
      • ‘What are the signature characteristics of high performance environments?’
      • ‘Changes in population size tend to leave recognizable signatures in the patterns of nucleotide diversity.’
      • ‘There are also nods to the foot-stomping hoedown sounds of the Scottish and Irish settlers who stamped their musical signature on the Appalachian Mountain country of the Deep South.’
      • ‘Consider using a signature color to identify your women-friendly products - not pink please, you don't want to scare off men or offend women.’
      • ‘Determined to finish with a birdie, he struck his signature pose - putter raised in his left hand - when the 15-foot putt curled into the right side of the cup.’
      • ‘The dish includes a signature element of the chef's cuisine: the use of hedgerow ingredients, inspired by an aunt's cooking.’
      • ‘These characteristic signatures have been used to trace the transport paths as water masses follow the thermohaline-driven circulation.’
      • ‘The presence of high levels of nucleotide diversity, however, is only one characteristic of the signature of a balanced polymorphism.’
      • ‘Here you can be massaged to within an inch of levitation, especially with its signature product, the Royal Banyan Treatment.’
      • ‘This process, called intrinsic catalysis, has a characteristic signature in the exchange time measurements versus pH.’
      • ‘Deedrick says it's highly significant that the Canadian Opera Company, for whom this is a signature production, has allowed a regional company to present it.’
      • ‘This intercepts calls and fends off assaults using attack signatures, or known patterns and behavioral rules to pinpoint unusual traffic.’
      • ‘Furthermore, Evian Spa by Three has also formulated an exclusive signature collection of products made with essential oils.’
      • ‘Holmstrom would also go on to illustrate album covers for his beloved Ramones, create his signature character Bosko and contribute to magazines like High Times.’
  • 2Music

    ‘Sharps in signatures did not become common until the 17th century.’
    • ‘Robert Beaser's ‘Landscape with Bells’ incorporates both shifting and asymmetrical meter signatures.’
    • ‘The harmonic signature of the system is different from point to point and changes with time in most of applications.’
    • ‘The tonality of the piece and the printed signature result from the scale or mode the composer has used during composition.’
    • ‘Think of it as the cadence set by the signature in a piece of music.’
  • 3Printing
    A letter or figure printed at the foot of one or more pages of each sheet of a book as a guide in binding.

    • ‘The signature ensured that a large sheet of paper printed on a press could be folded, gathered, bound, and cut with the leaves in the proper order.’
    dedication, address, message
    1. 3.1A printed sheet after being folded to form a group of pages.
      ‘To make the inside signatures fold copy paper in half the long way.’
      • ‘This format once was regarded as forgivable, back when illustrations were printed in separate signatures on better paper, which these are not.’
      • ‘I spilled a whole pot of glue on a stack of signatures, spoiling the pages.’
      • ‘After sewing the signatures to your end papers, attach to the game book by gluing the whole piece down.’
      • ‘When I'm satisfied with my compositions, I begin adhering the pockets and card stock pages to the card stock signatures.’
  • 4North American The part of a medical prescription that gives instructions about the use of the medicine or drug prescribed.

    • ‘If famotidine is used for reasons other than the two criteria described below, the attending physician will also need to provide a signature and an explanation for the use of famotidine.’
    signature, autograph, cross, X, scribble, squiggle, initials, imprint


Mid 16th century (as a Scots legal term, denoting a document presented by a writer to the Signet): from medieval Latin signatura ‘sign manual’ (in late Latin denoting a marking on sheep), from Latin signare ‘to sign, mark’.