sans serif


sans ser·​if san-ˈser-əf How to pronounce sans serif (audio)
variants or sanserif
: a letter or typeface with no serifs

Illustration of sans serif

Illustration of sans serif

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In New York City, anonymous activists have twice hung large green banners with text in white, capital, sans serif letters. John Corso-esquivel, The Conversation, 22 July 2022 The approvals granted Friday included plans for the sign proclaiming the Sherwin-Williams corporate name near the top of the skyscraper on its east- and west-facing facades in italic, or slanted, letters in a sans serif font. Steven Litt, cleveland, 3 June 2022 The @rhode Instagram, which has almost 40,000 followers, is similarly mysterious: There are no posts, just an avatar with the company’s name in a black sans serif font on an alabaster background. WSJ, 1 Feb. 2022 Orlando map heads and graphics lovers will be sucked into a wall piece that portrays the City Beautiful’s neighborhoods with jaunty, sans serif type created by Nativemaps. Dewayne Bevil,, 26 Nov. 2021 Since the early 1980s, the engine of her work, and its effectiveness, has been formatting — the candy apple red bar containing white sans serif type, rendered in Futura Bold Oblique, conveying aphorisms that could be taunts or pleas. New York Times, 11 Nov. 2021 Today, easier-to-read sans serif fonts, the ones without the little tails, are used. Annette Richmond, Forbes, 8 Nov. 2021 Essaibi George’s logo, sans serif type arranged in a neat rectangle with a row of stars, looks highly traditional., 27 Oct. 2021 Gotham, for instance, has 66 styles; the sans serif Mallory that Frere-Jones designed has 110 weights, five widths, and supports a range of languages, from Acehnese to Zulu. Anne Quito, Quartz, 23 Oct. 2021 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1830, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sans serif was in 1830

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Cite this Entry

“Sans serif.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

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