Origin of monogram
- Late Latin monogramma from Late Greek monogrammon from neuter of monogrammos consisting of a single letter Greek mono- mono- Greek gramma letter –gram
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- The noun derives from the post-Classical Latin monogrammum, itself from the Byzantine Greek Î¼Î¿Î½ÏŒÎ³ÏÎ±Î¼Î¼Î¿Î½ (monogrammon); cf. the French and Middle French monogramme, as well as the Italian monogramma. The verb derives from the noun; compare the earlier adjective monogrammed and the slightly earlier noun monogramming.
- From the Classical Latin adjective monogrammus, from the conjectured Ancient Greek * Î¼Î¿Î½ÏŒÎ³ÏÎ±Î¼Î¼Î¿Ï‚ (monogrammos, “outlined", “drawn with single lines").
- Formed as mono- +"Ž -gram, by analogy with epigram.