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 seriffed (audio) \ adjective

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Their san-serif logos and branding all look the exact same. Emily Farra, Vogue, "How Will “Camp: Notes On Fashion” Change the Way We Dress?," 29 Apr. 2019 Think Pink Prize To every product advertised on the New York City subway, from mattresses to handbags to Hims, on a pink background with blue sans-serif type and hints of cactus green. Mark Lamster, Curbed, "2018 in architecture: The good, the bad, and the urbanism," 27 Dec. 2018 Crisp photography, sans-serif fonts, and pastel colors. Diana Budds, Curbed, "The rise of the direct-to-consumer home," 21 Dec. 2018 The new logo features a sleek and streamlined bold sans-serif text in all caps. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Riccardo Tisci Reveals New Burberry Logo and Monogram," 2 Aug. 2018 Formatting section In the Font section under Formatting, select a large serif font like Bookman Old Style. Jd Sartain, PCWorld, "How to create and share custom Style Sheets in Word and PowerPoint," 8 Aug. 2018 The logo replaces an all-caps, serif style created in 1999 with a sans-serif, bold text. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Riccardo Tisci Rebrands Burberry With a New Peter Saville Logo," 2 Aug. 2018 The design features a black sans-serif I, C, and A on a white background. Mark Feeney,, "The ICA is getting a new logo," 31 May 2018 Soon enough, words took over and became entire pictures, including perhaps the best known: Oof, a trilogy of sans-serif block letters in cadmium yellow against cobalt and Bellini blue. Mark Rozzo, Vanities, "Ed Ruscha Still Has Plenty More to Say About America," 30 May 2018

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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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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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