sans serif

sans ser·​if | \ san-ˈser-əf How to pronounce sans serif (audio) , sanz- \
variants: or sanserif

Definition of sans serif

: a letter or typeface with no serifs

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Examples of sans serif in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When Facebook rolled out a corporate rebrand last fall, the lead image in the press release showed the new logo — breezily spaced sans serif — in a muted shade somewhere on the ham-to-salmon spectrum. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "A Design Aesthetic That Lets You Succeed In a World That Doesn’t Care If You Fail," 9 Mar. 2020 Don’t be surprised if the street number is in mid-century sans serif, or if the front yard has new vegetation amid dark mulch. John King,, "Paint it black, architecturally speaking? Better yet, just make it stop," 24 May 2020 The sign in Blacksburg used a sans serif font that graphic designers generally consider more modern – in part because they were developed relatively recently. Daniel Tamul, The Conversation, "Typefaces have personality – and can be political," 6 May 2020 Phantom Sans, for example, is a pretty straightforward sans serif font. Klint Finley, Wired, "Buy One of These Fonts—Then Decide If It's Your Type," 9 Mar. 2020 But the plus sign suits the modern tendency toward narrow, nerd-chic sans serif fonts. Katy Steinmetz, Time, "From Disney+ to PB+J, How the Plus Sign Took Over the World," 27 Feb. 2020 Images are sprinkled throughout a page featuring a clean layout and a sans serif logo. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "The push to make Botox as common as getting a blowout," 12 Sep. 2018 New companies, some direct-to-consumer, check all the boxes of millennial marketing: pale pastel colors, sans serif fonts, ethnically diverse women with a range of body types and robust social-media campaigns. Sanam Yar, New York Times, "Spanx Started a Shapewear Revolution," 15 Oct. 2019 Wordage at the top of the arch is a stylized sans serif. Dewayne Bevil,, "Disney: New Tomorrowland sign in place at Magic Kingdom," 18 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of sans serif

1830, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sans serif

probably from sans + modification of Dutch schreef stroke — more at serif

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The first known use of sans serif was in 1830

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24 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Sans serif.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of sans serif

technical : one of a group of typefaces that do not have short lines across the top and bottom of the long parts of the letters

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