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

 

epigraph

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈepɪɡrɑːf//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈepɪɡræf//
 
Parts of a book
 
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a line of writing, short phrase, etc. on a building or statue, or as an introduction to part of a book The epigraph to the chapter read: ‘One man’s freedom is another man’s slavery’. See related entries: Parts of a book Word Origin late 16th cent. (denoting the heading of a document or letter): from Greek epigraphē, from epigraphein ‘write on’.
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