cal·​lig·​ra·​phy | \ kə-ˈli-grə-fē How to pronounce calligraphy (audio) \

Definition of calligraphy

1a : artistic, stylized, or elegant handwriting or lettering
b : the art of producing such writing
3 : an ornamental line in drawing or painting

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Other Words from calligraphy

calligraphic \ ˌka-​lə-​ˈgra-​fik How to pronounce calligraphic (audio) \ adjective
calligraphically \ ˌka-​lə-​ˈgra-​fi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce calligraphically (audio) \ adverb

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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.

Examples of calligraphy in a Sentence

she specializes in scrollwork with beautiful calligraphy
Recent Examples on the Web The calligraphy above Alireza Aleaziz’s hospital bed flows gracefully across a crisp white page. oregonlive, "A story in The Oregonian changed his family’s life forever, and set his career choice," 30 June 2020 There will also be many art classes including calligraphy, engraving, photography, and illustration. Andrea Romano, Travel + Leisure, "Langham Hotels Is Celebrating Its 155th Anniversary With a 24-hour Tea Party," 9 June 2020 There, ox-eye daisies flourish from portentous box tombs, and the stone is softened by gold lichen; once-grieving cherubs wink from garlands of ivy, and extravagant calligraphy is worn to flourishes and flowers. 1843, "Can words do the dead justice?," 21 May 2020 On Friday, May 8, May 15, and May 22, the store will host calligraphy workshops with Sam Teich. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "Muji Is Hosting Free Online Calligraphy and Meditation Classes to Help You Find Your Zen," 4 May 2020 The Blick art supply company has gifts for moms who paint, draw, do calligraphy, printmaking, photography and crafts. oregonlive, "Make a pretty, homemade gift for Mother’s Day with crayons and other stuff kids already have," 30 Apr. 2020 Adapting traditional Islamic calligraphy practices to the materials available during shelter in place will be explored on May 9 and the series concludes with a poetry session by Sukina Pilgrim on May 16. Tony Bravo,, "As Ramadan begins, Bay Area Muslims say sheltering in place will build spirituality," 22 Apr. 2020 Seemingly everyone’s baking bread, or taking up any hobby that will keep their hands busy: music, painting, knitting, calligraphy. Sarah Todd, Quartz, "We’re all living in “The Yellow Wallpaper” now," 18 Apr. 2020 On Instagram, the hashtag #bulletjournal conjures over 5 million posts of artistic journal spreads interspersed with calligraphy and colorful illustrations. NBC News, "How one woman uses bullet journaling to make life more manageable," 12 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of calligraphy

1590, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

History and Etymology for calligraphy

French or Greek; French calligraphie, from Greek kalligraphia, from kalli- beautiful (from kallos beauty) + -graphia -graphy

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The first known use of calligraphy was in 1590

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4 Jul 2020

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“Calligraphy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of calligraphy

: the art of making beautiful handwriting


cal·​li·​gra·​phy | \ kə-ˈli-grə-fē How to pronounce calligraphy (audio) \

Kids Definition of calligraphy

1 : beautiful artistic handwriting
2 : the art of producing beautiful handwriting

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