- an inscription on a building, monument, etc.
- a brief quotation placed at the beginning of a book, chapter, etc.
Origin of epigraphClassical Greek epigraph?, inscription from epigraphein: see epigram
- An inscription, as on a statue or building.
- A motto or quotation, as at the beginning of a literary composition, setting forth a theme.
Origin of epigraphGreek epigraphē from epigraphein to write on ; see epigram .
- ep′i·graph′ic ep′i·graph′i·cal
- (mathematics): hypograph