calligraphy

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noun cal·lig·ra·phy \-fē\

Definition of calligraphy

  1. 1a :  artistic, stylized, or elegant handwriting or letteringb :  the art of producing such writing

  2. 2 :  penmanship

  3. 3 :  an ornamental line in drawing or painting

calligraphic

play \ˌka-lə-ˈgra-fik\ adjective

calligraphically

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Examples of calligraphy in a Sentence

  1. she specializes in scrollwork with beautiful calligraphy

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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.

Origin and Etymology of calligraphy

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


CALLIGRAPHY Defined for English Language Learners

calligraphy

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noun

Definition of calligraphy for English Language Learners

  • : the art of making beautiful handwriting


CALLIGRAPHY Defined for Kids

calligraphy

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noun cal·li·gra·phy \kə-ˈli-grə-fē\

Definition of calligraphy for Students

  1. 1 :  beautiful artistic handwriting

  2. 2 :  the art of producing beautiful handwriting



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