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 Products were mostly hawked using traditional typefaces paired with romantic or idealized photographs and illustrations on the one hand, or, on the other, a chilly, rational European modernist style, with elegant photographs and sans serif type. New York Times, 1 Aug. 2021 Tenorite looks like a traditional workhorse sans serif font, but a little friendlier. Allison Morrow, CNN, 28 Apr. 2021 This sans serif typeface by Aaron Bell is derived from old German road and railway signage, which was designed to be legible at a distance. Allison Morrow, CNN, 28 Apr. 2021 Logos that aren’t really logos, the sans serif labels appear on the chest or at the hip, and though the writing is small, the message is loud and clear: Style and sustainability are both important to me. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, 19 Apr. 2021 In certain corners of Cobble Hill and Silver Lake, a Compass sign came to signify what kind of home was inside: sophisticated, tasteful, architecturally and aesthetically aligned with a sleek sans serif font. Reeves Wiedeman, Curbed, 6 Apr. 2021 The multitude of badges that denote user status are hexagonal, which, in combination with the gray sans serif typography that appears in posts, gives the whole site the feel of a pharmaceutical brochure. Los Angeles Times, 25 Nov. 2020 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, 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,, 24 May 2020

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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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13 Aug 2021

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“Sans serif.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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sans serif


English Language Learners Definition of sans serif

: 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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