Definition of inscription noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

inscription

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ɪnˈskrɪpʃn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈskrɪpʃn//
 
Describing architecture, Historic buildings, Architectural features, Parts of a book
 
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words written in the front of a book or cut in stone or metal There was an inscription carved over the doorway. There are no inscriptions or markings to identify the tombs. See related entries: Describing architecture, Historic buildings, Architectural features, Parts of a book Word Origin late Middle English (denoting a short descriptive or dedicatory passage at the beginning of a book): from Latin inscriptio(n-), from the verb inscribere, from in- ‘into’ + scribere ‘write’.Extra examples The inscription bears the date 1655. The monument carries the inscription: ‘To the fallen in two world wars’. The monument carries the inscription: ‘To the fallen’. The simple inscription on her grave reads: ‘She sleeps in peace.’ an inscription carved in the stone
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