book hand

noun

: the handwriting designed primarily for legibility and beauty and ordinarily used in officially transcribing manuscripts intended for preservation before printing became common compare minuscule, rustic capital, uncial

Word History

First Known Use

1885, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of book hand was in 1885

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“Book hand.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/book%20hand. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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