ser·​if | \ ˈser-əf How to pronounce serif (audio) \

Definition of serif

: any of the short lines stemming from and at an angle to the upper and lower ends of the strokes of a letter

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Other Words from serif

serifed or seriffed \ ˈser-​əft How to pronounce serif (audio) \ adjective

Examples of serif in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bierstadt, designed by Steve Matteson, is a precise serif inspired by mid-century Swiss designs. Allison Morrow, CNN, "Microsoft is retiring its default font, and it wants your help choosing a new one," 28 Apr. 2021 So, without the serif clues, and without reasonable visibility of the thin characters, well, the photos are beautiful. Jim Williams, Star Tribune, ""Bird Love" a new book," 27 Aug. 2020 Depending on the tile's layout, floor phrases can be spelled out in bold block letters or elegant serif fonts. Laura Lambert, Better Homes & Gardens, "These Floor Tile Phrases Will Make You Smile Every Time You Walk into the Room," 17 June 2020 For instance, another study found people will rate scientific abstracts as more interesting, appealing and of higher quality when written in a serif typeface compared to a sans serif typeface. Daniel Tamul, The Conversation, "Typefaces have personality – and can be political," 6 May 2020 The night’s text was JewBelong’s own, a Haggadah with sans-serif type and festive songs written to familiar tunes. Nathan Heller, The New Yorker, "Trying Not to Jewbarrass the Guests at a Socially Distant Passover," 20 Apr. 2020 Each bore a homemade label, typed in black, sans-serif font. Hannah Natanson, Washington Post, "Some Northern Virginia parents wanted two books with LGBTQ characters removed from schools. Officials said no.," 16 Jan. 2020 Write neatly or print labels with clean sans-serif fonts. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Holiday mailing and shipping deadlines, tips, more for 2019 holidays - USPS, UPS, Amazon, FedEx," 5 Dec. 2019 Amy Klobuchar’s heavy serif calls to mind the groovy aesthetic of Harold Hughes’s unsuccessful 1972 presidential campaign. Kate Wagner, The New Republic, "The Subtle Politics of Graphic Design," 20 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of serif

1841, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for serif

probably from Dutch schreef stroke, line, from Middle Dutch, from schriven to write, from Latin scribere — more at scribe

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2 May 2021

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“Serif.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of serif

technical : one of the short lines near the top and bottom of the long parts of some printed letters

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