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noun (1)

mono·​type ˈmä-nə-ˌtīp How to pronounce monotype (audio)
: an impression on paper of a design painted usually with the finger or a brush on a surface (such as glass)


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noun (2)

: a typesetting apparatus consisting of a keyboard whose operation produces perforations on a roll of paper and a caster which casts and assembles individual pieces of type in justified lines in the order determined by the perforations
formerly a U.S. registered trademark

Examples of monotype in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Check out the limited-edition prints and monotypes on view at Edition VFO, a nonprofit organization dedicated to making quality art more accessible; most works are priced under 1,000 francs. Noele Illien, New York Times, 4 Jan. 2024 If the exhibition, which consists of fifty paintings, drawings, sketchbooks, and monotypes from throughout her career, entices one to acquire a piece one actually can—albeit a print. Isiah Magsino, Town & Country, 29 Aug. 2023 Comprising 47 paintings, drawings, sketchbooks and monotypes made between 1997 and last year, Death and the Maid will explore themes long present in Brown’s work, such as the memento mori, the vanitas and the specter of beautiful women flirting with death. WSJ, 2 Mar. 2023 The Pusey hangs next to a 2019 geometric abstraction, a monotype, made by Jennie C. Jones, a Black American artist who was born in 1968. Steven Litt, cleveland, 2 Feb. 2022 Participants will learn how to create a monotype print inspired by the plants found in the gardens. Post-Tribune Staff,, 30 July 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 Walker created works in oil, etching, wood and steel engraving, and was one of the earliest monotype artists in this country and is often credited with inventing that term. oregonlive, 1 Sep. 2020 An abstractionist who’s unafraid of real-world references, Natasha Karpinskaia makes monotypes that evoke a garden of pastels. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 27 Sep. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1882, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1893, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of monotype was in 1882

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“Monotype.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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