signature sig‧na‧ture [ˈsɪgnətʆə ǁ -ər] noun
1. [countable] BANKING your name written in the way you usually write it, for example at the end of a letter or on a cheque. It is often used to give official or legal permission for something:

• I couldn't read his signature.

• Bankers say that the large volume of checks means that most banks only spot-check (= quickly examine ) a few signatures.

ˌdigital ˈsignature also ˌelectronic ˈsignature [countable] COMPUTING
information on an electronic message that proves who the person sending the message or information is:

• A digital signature identifies and authenticates the originator of the information.

facˌsimile ˈsignature [countable] BANKING
an exact copy of the way that someone signs their name which is put on a special rubber stamp so that it can be used on a large number of letters, cheques etc:

• The most common error by solicitors was using a facsimile signature on application forms.

ˌspecimen ˈsignature [countable] BANKING
an example of your signature that you give to a bank when you first open an account so that the bank's employees can use it to check cheques etc which have been signed with your name
2. [uncountable] the act of writing a signature on something:

• A decision was expected in April and, if positive, would allow signature of the agreement in May.

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signature UK US /ˈsɪgnətʃər/ noun
[C] your name written by yourself, always in the same way, often used on documents to show that you have read something or that you agree to something: »

I need your signature on this release document


He accused her of forging his signature.

collect/gather signatures »

We are collecting signatures for a petition.

[U] FORMAL the act of signing something: »

I enclose one part of the contract for signature by you.

See also DIGITAL SIGNATURE(Cf. ↑digital signature), ELECTRONIC SIGNATURE(Cf. ↑electronic signature), SPECIMEN SIGNATURE(Cf. ↑specimen signature)
signature UK US /ˈsɪɡnətʃər/ adjective [before noun] MARKETING, COMMERCE
used to describe the product or service that a company or person is known for: »

Rock Fish is the signature dish of his favourite restaurant.


The market for FedEx's signature product, overnight express delivery in the US, has flattened.

Financial and business terms. 2012.


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  • signature — [ siɲatyr ] n. f. • 1430; lat. médiév. signatura, du lat. class. signator « signataire » 1 ♦ Inscription qu une personne fait de son nom (sous une forme particulière et constante) pour affirmer l exactitude, la sincérité d un écrit ou en assumer… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • signature — sig·na·ture n 1 a: the act of signing one s name or of making a mark in lieu thereof b: the name of a person written with his or her own hand to signify that the writing which precedes accords with his or her wishes or intentions c: any mark (as… …   Law dictionary

  • signature — Signature. s. f. Le sein de quelqu un apposé à une lettre, à un contract. Je connois sa signature. il y a vingt signatures à ce contract. c est un habile faussaire, il contrefait toutes les signatures. cette signature est fausse. mettre un arrest …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • signature — [sig′nə chər] n. [LL signatura < L signare: see SIGNATORY] 1. a person s name written by that person; also, a representation of this in a mark, stamp, deputy s handwriting, etc. 2. the act of signing one s name 3. an identifying characteristic …   English World dictionary

  • Signature — Sig na*ture, n. [F. (cf. It. signatura, segnatura, Sp. & LL. signatura), from L. signare, signatum. See {Sign}, v. t.] 1. A sign, stamp, or mark impressed, as by a seal. [1913 Webster] The brain, being well furnished with various traces,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • signature — ► NOUN 1) a person s name written in a distinctive way as a form of identification or authorization. 2) the action of signing something. 3) a distinctive product or characteristic by which someone or something can be identified. 4) Music a key… …   English terms dictionary

  • Signature — Sig na*ture, v. t. To mark with, or as with, a signature or signatures. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • signature — 1530s, a kind of document in Scottish law, from M.Fr. signature (16c.), from M.L. signatura sign, in classical L. the matrix of a seal, from signatus, pp. of signare to mark, sign (see SIGN (Cf. sign)). Meaning one s own name written in one s own …   Etymology dictionary

  • Signature — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Signature (homonymie). La signature de John Hancock est l une des plus remarquables de la Déclaration d indépendance des États Unis d Amérique …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Signature — A signature (from Latin signare , sign ) is a handwritten (and sometimes stylized) depiction of someone s name, nickname or even a simple X that a person writes on documents as a proof of identity and intent. The writer of a signature is a… …   Wikipedia

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