chronogram [kron-uh-gram] ExamplesWord Origin noun

  1. an inscription in which certain Roman numeral letters express a date or epoch on being added together by their values.
  2. a record made by a chronograph.

Origin of chronogram First recorded in 1615–25; chrono- + -gram1 Related formschron·o·gram·mat·ic [kron-oh-gruh-mat-ik] /ˌkrɒn oʊ grəˈmæt ɪk/, chron·o·gram·mat·i·cal, adjectivechron·o·gram·mat·i·cal·ly, adverbchron·o·gram·ma·tist, noun Examples from the Web for chronogram Historical Examples of chronogram

  • If not, I can only make Howell’s chronogram equivalent to 1927.

    Notes and Queries, Number 193, July 9, 1853


  • The date may sometimes occur as a chronogram, which should not be overlooked.

    How to Catalogue a Library

    Henry B. (Henry Benjamin) Wheatley

  • It might be supposed to be a chronogram, but for the introduction of the letter “E.”

    Notes and Queries, Vol. IV, Number 111, December 13, 1851


  • The first of these lines is a chronogram, that is, it contains a date.

    The Life of Joan of Arc, Vol. 1 and 2 (of 2)

    Anatole France

  • Webster defines a chronogram as an inscription, sentence, or phrase in which certain letters express a date or epoch.

    Smithsonian Institution – United States National Museum – Bulletin 240


  • British Dictionary definitions for chronogram chronogram noun

    1. a phrase or inscription in which letters such as M, C, X, L and V can be read as Roman numerals giving a date
    2. a record kept by a chronograph

    Derived Formschronogrammatic (ˌkrɒnəʊɡrəˈmætɪk) or chronogrammatical, adjectivechronogrammatically, adverb

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