cop·​per·​plate ˈkä-pər-ˌplāt How to pronounce copperplate (audio)
: an engraved or etched copper printing plate
also : a print made from such a plate
: a neat script handwriting based on engraved models

Examples of copperplate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The resulting copperplate is dated July 4, 1823. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, 3 July 2020 For this work, the artist used a scraper on copperplate with determined strength, creating a print with a range of tone similar to watercolor. Peter Saenger, WSJ, 27 Aug. 2021 Those include open studio time every Monday afternoon, as well as copperplate etching with a master printmaker; monotype etching classes; drawing from the south; oil and watercolor painting classes; and Leonardo's Legacy classes. Sheila D. Grissett,, 17 Jan. 2021 Small wooden doors with the owners’ names painted in copperplate. Steve King, Condé Nast Traveler, 24 Dec. 2018 In Rothenburg, Germany, appreciate the printmakers selling etchings made with the same copperplate techniques that artist Albrecht Duerer used 500 years ago. Rick Steves' Europe, The Seattle Times, 25 July 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1663, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of copperplate was in 1663

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“Copperplate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

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