bre·​vier | \ brəˈvi(ə)r, -iə \
plural -s

Definition of brevier

: a size of type between minion and bourgeois, approximately 8 point — compare point system

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History and Etymology for brevier

probably from Dutch, literally, breviary, from Medieval Latin breviarium; from the use of this size of type in the printing of breviaries in 16th century Holland & Belgium

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“Brevier.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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