sans serif

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

Definition of sans serif

: a letter or typeface with no serifs

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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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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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grandiloquent, ostentatious, or bombastic

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