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From Middle French superscription, or its source, Late Latin superscriptio, from superscribere.
- (UK) (key): /su:p?'skp?(?)n/
superscription (countable and uncountable, plural superscriptions)
- Something written (or engraved) on the surface, outside, or above something else; specifically, an address on a letter, envelope, etc.
1915, Arthur Conan Doyle, The Valley of Fear:
"Dear me, Mr. Holmes. Dear me!" said this singular epistle. There was neither superscription nor signature. I laughed at the quaint message; but Holmes showed unwonted seriousness.
- 1930, Pearl S. Buck, East wind: west wind, Moyer Bell, page 124:
- Its superscription was my name, and the name of the sender, my mother.
- 1983, Lawrence Durrell, Sebastian, Faber & Faber 2004 (Avignon Quintet), p. 1140:
- Schwartz glanced at the printed superscription on the envelope and grumbled as he put the envelope away in his overcoat pocket, to read at leisure.
- An editorial addition at the beginning, often indicating the authorship of a piece.
- 1911, Encyclopædia Britannica
- By a pure error, or perhaps through a confusion in the traditions, Achish the Philistine (of Gath, 1 Sam. xxi., xxvii.), to whom David fled, is called Abimelech in the superscription to Psalm 34.
- The act of superscribing.