let·​ter·​press | \ ˈle-tər-ˌpres How to pronounce letterpress (audio) \

Definition of letterpress

1 : the process of printing from an inked raised surface especially when the paper is impressed directly upon the surface
2 chiefly British : text (as of a book) distinct from pictorial illustrations

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After stealing a seat and ordering a sandwich (nearly impossible to pick a favorite) or grabbing a cheddar biscuit and coffee to-go, check out their an amazing selection of cookbooks, letterpress greeting cards, and local North Carolina goods. Julia Gall, Marie Claire, "Visiting Durham, N.C.? Here's Where to Stay, Eat, and Drink," 8 Feb. 2019 The small selection of antiques, gifts, letterpress greeting cards, and jewelry serve as tasteful Round Top souvenirs but the room devoted entirely to vintage cowboy boots takes the cake. Allison Bagley, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Best Day Trips from Austin," 5 Mar. 2018 The real fun of the film’s typography lies in its spacing, which draws on the look of letterpress printing and then exaggerates it. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "Sorry to Bother You," 12 Nov. 2018 The invitation had the exact arch printed on orange and pink letterpress. Damaris Calhoun, ELLE Decor, "Party Like a Pro," 8 Mar. 2011 The logos seem like they were hand-drawn with a large quill pen or stamped with an antique letterpress, and the boxes are made out of some material that looks tastefully recycled. Alex Delany, Bon Appetit, "Expensive Pasta Is Worth It—Here's Why," 18 June 2018 Tracy also co-curates Ink Press Productions, which specializes in handmade books, letterpress printing and experimental events. Quinn Kelley, baltimoresun.com, "Tracy Dimond, poet and writer," 12 June 2018 Five of the 23 Noonan Building artists Noonan tenant since: 1998 Embosses ephemera with minimalist Victorian designs on a 19th century-style Chandler & Price letterpress. Leilani Marie Labong, San Francisco Chronicle, "The waning days of a Dogpatch artists’ enclave," 13 Apr. 2018 The foundation dedicated to paper making, book arts and letterpress is the largest center in the country of its kind and celebrates its tenth anniversary in the Midtown neighborhood this year. Nikki Delamotte, cleveland.com, "'Paper Trails': Cleveland's Morgan Conservatory showcases the versatility of paper art (photos)," 30 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of letterpress

1707, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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