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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Choose from a variety of colors and printing methods, including flat, foil, or letterpress. Alyssa Gautieri, Good Housekeeping, 8 Aug. 2022 Other activities that day will include a panel on the art of translation and a demonstration on bookbinding and letterpress printing with the International Printing Museum. Los Angeles Times, 5 July 2022 The sentences seem to have been composed in lead type and locked into a letterpress. New York Times, 13 June 2022 Albertine Press, a letterpress facility and retail shop in Cambridge’s Inman Square, sells curated gift boxes, starting at $50, filled with paper goods and other stylish gifts. Kim Costigan, BostonGlobe.com, 31 May 2022 Chandler & Price letterpress from Cleveland sits nearby and is used for demonstrations. Marc Bona, cleveland, 18 Jan. 2022 The neighboring studios are used by a ceramist, a glassworker and a letterpress, and there are chickens in the back. New York Times, 31 Dec. 2021 Billiter earned a degree in design from the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning in 2001, then studied screen printing and letterpress in evening classes at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. Jeff Suess, The Enquirer, 24 Nov. 2021 This celebration of letterpress and book and paper arts returns as an in-person event that includes hands-on activities, museum tours, vendors and more (an online version is also available). Los Angeles Times, 4 Nov. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1707, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of letterpress was in 1707

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Cite this Entry

“Letterpress.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/letterpress. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

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