let·​ter·​form ˈle-tər-ˌfȯrm How to pronounce letterform (audio)
: the shape of a letter of an alphabet especially from the standpoint of design or development

Examples of letterform in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Truth in the way words feel tossed about the top of your tongue, in the slanting of letterforms, in slips o fthe pen, in (the volume of the words in) parentheses. WIRED, 2 Aug. 2023 These historians uncovered evidence that the Attic letterform had continued to be used in official documents long after 446 BCE. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 10 Mar. 2022 Swift Student is a free website that’ll provide students with letterforms to send to financial aid offices based on their personal situation. Lily Jackson | Ljackson@al.com, al, 21 Apr. 2020 Here are gorgeous, innovative artworks in which the bare minimum of elements (Euclidean geometry, photographs, illustrations and letterforms) or complex collages incorporating multiple mediums are all naturally synthesized. Lance Esplund, WSJ, 18 Jan. 2020 Some advances have been shown directly on the cover, such as a digital letterform in May 1969 (above). Nicholas Rougeux, Scientific American, 26 Dec. 2019 Called Stack, the font is built from stacking (clever, right?) different varieties of bricks atop one another to create blocky letterforms. Liz Stinson, Curbed, 7 June 2018 Here are a couple visual comparisons: Palatino’s letterforms are wider and slightly more rounded than Crimson Text’s. Kjell Reigstad, Longreads, 25 Sep. 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1857, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of letterform was in 1857

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“Letterform.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/letterform. Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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