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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