let·​ter·​press ˈle-tər-ˌpres How to pronounce letterpress (audio)
: the process of printing from an inked raised surface especially when the paper is impressed directly upon the surface
chiefly British : text (as of a book) distinct from pictorial illustrations

Examples of letterpress in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hamilton began as a producer of wood type back in the day when most publications were printed on a letterpress. Rick Barrett, Journal Sentinel, 15 May 2024 Join this annual celebration of printmaking, book arts and letterpress printing. Brittany Delay, The Mercury News, 27 Feb. 2024 The fair features a wide range of activities, book artists, letterpress printers, live demonstrations and a marketplace with more than 40 vendors. Brittany Delay, The Mercury News, 27 Feb. 2024 Instead, on the front of the dream book, the title was spelled out in metal type that floated just above the cloth of the binding, as if set in an invisible letterpress chase. Caleb Crain, The New Yorker, 4 Dec. 2023 For those looking to get crafty, the Press Room’s 1938 Vandercook letterpress will be inked and ready to go for special screenings with limited edition greeting cards, private events and classes for those daring enough to learn the art of letterpress printing. Rebecca Rubin, Variety, 13 Oct. 2021 Morgan Calderini, the letterpress operator at the shop, says that the longevity of art is a powerful tool to send a message to the community from the survivors themselves. Kiara Alfonseca, ABC News, 17 June 2023 The installation of Abass’s large family journal detailing personal philosophy, customs and traditions — some in Yoruba — looks less out of place because of Abass’s non-obtrusive and aged letterpress cases. Yinka Elujoba, New York Times, 9 June 2023 The museum is also well-known for its workshops on papermaking, bookbinding, letterpress printing, and more. Brittanie Shey, Chron, 28 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1707, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of letterpress was in 1707

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“Letterpress.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/letterpress. Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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