- an inscription in which certain letters, made more prominent, express a date in Roman numerals (Ex.: MerCy MiXed with LoVe In hIm—MCMXLVII = 1947)
- a record kept by a chronograph
Origin of chronogramchrono- + -gram
- The record produced by a chronograph.
- An inscribed phrase in which certain letters can be read as Roman numerals indicating a specific date.
The capitals MDCIII correspond to 1603, the year of Queen Elizabeth I's death.
From Ancient Greek χρόνος (khronos, “time”) + γράμμα (gramma, “writing”).