calligraphy

noun
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 This is the first exhibition outside Asia to focus on the history of writing and calligraphy in that country. Los Angeles Times, "Datebook: Stark domestic scenes by German painter Lenz Geerk," 13 Sep. 2019 This is the first exhibition outside Asia to focus on the history of writing and calligraphy in that country. Los Angeles Times, "Datebook: Stark domestic scenes by German painter Lenz Geerk," 13 Sep. 2019 Hempel also adorned the walls with calligraphy wallpaper from her personal collection. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "A Guide to Duxton Hill, Singapore’s Most Charming Day-to-Night Neighborhood," 29 Jan. 2019 Several of the artists hew closer to traditional calligraphy. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "In the galleries: Pulsating dramas of light and sound," 12 July 2019 This is the first exhibition outside Asia to focus on the history of writing and calligraphy in that country. Los Angeles Times, "Datebook: Paintings that serve as reflections of indigenous life in Australia," 26 July 2019 Yet not all of the artists are calligraphers, and not all of the calligraphy is Chinese. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "In the galleries: Pulsating dramas of light and sound," 12 July 2019 This is the first exhibition outside Asia to focus on the history of writing and calligraphy in that country. Carolina A. Miranda, latimes.com, "Datebook: At the Getty, one of Gordon Parks’ most controversial photographic series," 11 July 2019 There are brushes of all qualities and types, ink stones, specialized paper, prints from master artists, and books about calligraphy. Janice Leung Hayes, Condé Nast Traveler, "22 Best Shops in Hong Kong," 4 Mar. 2018

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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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11 Oct 2019

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The first known use of calligraphy was in 1590

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calligraphy

noun
How to pronounce calligraphy (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of calligraphy

: the art of making beautiful handwriting

calligraphy

noun
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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