noun (1)
mono·​type | \ ˈmä-nə-ˌtīp How to pronounce monotype (audio) \

Definition of monotype

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an impression on paper of a design painted usually with the finger or a brush on a surface (such as glass)


noun (2)

Definition of Monotype (Entry 2 of 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: Noun 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,, "More virtual music, live theater and art classes," 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, "An antiphon, a Goodwill find and more: These collectibles are all about art," 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, "In the galleries: For ‘Inheritance,’ a wealth of compelling large-scale portraits," 27 Sep. 2019 In a series of monotypes, Degas even takes us inside the brothel and — uncharacteristically — lets his revulsion show. Washington Post, "Degas had a gift for conveying the truth — even when he was making it all up," 1 Nov. 2019 Jessop, as alternate to Billy Lyons, champion small craft skipper from Hollywood, will sale in part of the international monotype yacht races. San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: When the Olympics first came to California," 30 July 2019 In the national tryouts Jessop, although inexperienced at sailing monotype craft, trailed Lyons by only three points. San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: When the Olympics first came to California," 30 July 2019 The exhibit features more than 100 works by Degas and his friends and consists largely of drawings and prints along with photographs, monotypes, correspondence and sculpture. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Art collector to give lecture on his collection featured at museum," 8 Aug. 2019 Next to this work is the piece Jaguar Woman #2, which is a monotype print of a woman with a curvy body type in an orange jumpsuit with jaguar spots. Darryl Ratcliff, Dallas News, "Latina artists in Dallas showcase 'were told ‘no,’ and they triumphed anyway’," 25 July 2019

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First Known Use of monotype

Noun (1)

1882, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1893, in the meaning defined above

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“Monotype.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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