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

Synonyms & Antonyms for calligraphy

Synonyms

handwriting, longhand, manuscript, penmanship, script

Antonyms

print, type, typewriting

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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.

Examples of calligraphy in a Sentence

she specializes in scrollwork with beautiful calligraphy

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As part of the show, two contemporary artists — calligraphy artist JERK and printmaker Daniel Gonzalez — created work in dialogue with Magu. Carolina A. Miranda, latimes.com, "Datebook: Police violence paintings, a gallery's 25th and enduring images of a photojournalist's life," 21 June 2018 The Queen’s College teaches lost arts such as maille, blackwork stitching, brass running, basket and textile weaving, candle making and calligraphy, to name a few. Shonda Talerico Dudlicek, chicagotribune.com, "The Bristol Renaissance Faire takes guests back to 1599," 13 May 2018 The actor also shared a picture to her Instagram story that shows name cards for both her and Nick, and once again, her married name is used, written out in elegant calligraphy. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Priyanka Chopra Unveils Her New Name on Instagram After Marrying Nick Jonas," 9 Dec. 2018 Garish signs gleamed from every building, one over the other in tapestries of contrasting calligraphy. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Two unlikely cops are paired up to solve murders in a war-torn Tokyo in Ninth Step Station," 8 Dec. 2018 In the gift shops, there are no images of Cixi, just a few pieces of pink silk emblazoned with her calligraphy, sold as wall hangings. New York Times, "Was This Powerful Chinese Empress a Feminist Trailblazer?," 10 July 2018 The palette’s baby pink packaging coordinates with the shadow brush and boasts an adorable pumpkin motif, while the striking black calligraphy on the gloss gives off major Halloweentown vibes. Tess Garcia, Teen Vogue, "Too Faced Is Selling a Limited-Edition Pumpkin Spice Collection on HSN," 30 Sep. 2018 Paltrow credits an army of contributors, who concocted everything from custom cocktail napkins to calligraphy and floral design. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Everything We Know About Gwyneth Paltrow's Surprise Wedding," 2 Nov. 2018 From traditional woodblock prints and calligraphy to manga and digital butterflies, there's something for every taste. The Seattle Times, "From ancient to post-modern: Get art smart in Tokyo," 22 Oct. 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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The first known use of calligraphy was in 1590

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More Definitions for calligraphy

calligraphy

noun

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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