Simple Definition of calligraphy
: the art of making beautiful handwriting
Examples of calligraphy in a sentence
<she specializes in scrollwork with beautiful calligraphy>
Did You Know?
Kalli- is a Greek root meaning "beautiful", and "beautiful" in the case of calligraphy means artistic, stylized, and elegant. Calligraphy has existed in many cultures, including Indian, Persian, and Islamic cultures; Arabic puts a particularly high value on beautiful script, and in East Asia calligraphy has long been considered a major art. Calligraphers in the West use pens with wide nibs, with which they produce strokes of widely differing width within a single letter.
Origin and Etymology of calligraphy
French or Greek; French calligraphie, from Greek kalligraphia, from kalli- beautiful (from kallos beauty) + -graphia -graphy
First Known Use: 1604
CALLIGRAPHY Defined for Kids
Definition of calligraphy for Students
1 : beautiful artistic handwriting
2 : the art of producing beautiful handwriting
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