Chronogram

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Chronogram An inscription in which certain numeral letters, made to appear specially conspicuous, on being added together, express a particular date or epoch, as in the motto of a medal struck by Gustavus Adolphus in 1632: ChrIstVs DVX; ergo trIVMphVs. - the capitals of which give, when added as numerals, the sum 1632.
    • Chronogram The record or inscription made by a chronograph.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n chronogram An inscription in which a certain date or epoch is expressed by the numeral letters contained in it, each letter being counted according to its independent value, as in the motto of a medal struck by Gustavus Adolphus in 1632: “ChrIstVs DVX; ergo trIVMphVs” (C + I + V + D + V + X + I + V + M + V—that is, 100 + 1 + 5 + 500 + 5 + 10 + 1 + 5 + 1000 + 5 = 1632).
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Chronogram kron′o-gram an inscription in which the time or date of an event is given by certain of the letters printed larger than the rest.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. time + writing, character: cf. F. chronogramme,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. chronos, time, gramma, a letter—graphein, to write.

Usage

In literature:

There is another near relation of the anagrams and acrostics, which is commonly called a chronogram.
"Essays and Tales" by Joseph Addison
He has all sorts of echoes, rebuses, chronograms, &c., besides carwitchets, clenches, and quibbles.
"Character Writings of the 17th Century" by Various
In the same volume there is another example of the chronogram, at p. 261., in the "Septem Mariae Mysteria" of Antonius Chanut.
"Notes and Queries, Number 203, September 17, 1853" by Various
For the custom of noting the date of a great event by chronograms, see "N. & Q.," Vol.
"Notes and Queries, Number 219, January 7, 1854" by Various
If not, I can only make Howell's chronogram equivalent to 1927.
"Notes and Queries, Number 193, July 9, 1853" by Various
Chronogram on Sherborne school, 225.
"Notes and Queries, Index of Volume 5, January-June, 1852" by Various
Borghesi used the larger size of uppercase letters to form the chronogram, and each chronogram was complete within a phrase or line.
"The Borghesi Astronomical Clock in the Museum of History and Technology" by Silvio A. Bedini
The red letters undoubtedly compose a chronogram; E in such compositions represents 250.
"Notes and Queries, Vol. IV, Number 113, December 27, 1851" by Various
Borghesi used the larger size of uppercase letters to form the chronogram, and each chronogram was complete within a phrase or line.
"Smithsonian Institution - United States National Museum - Bulletin 240" by Anonymous
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