type·​face | \ˈtīp-ˌfās \

Definition of typeface 

1 : all type of a single design

2 : the face of printing type

Examples of typeface in a Sentence

The book's typeface is very elegant.

Recent Examples on the Web

The lowercase g’s of the Gutenberg Bible resemble a single-story g, as do the lowercase g’s of modern Gothic typefaces that imitate this style. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, "The ‘g’ in Google’s Old Logo Is Really Weird," 9 Apr. 2018 In The Favourite, the pomp and perversity of Queen Anne’s fictionalized court registers through a historic typeface manipulated in surprising ways. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "Sorry to Bother You," 12 Nov. 2018 The typeface, according to Adweek, was custom-made for Uber, and has been named Uber Move. Jenny Hollander, Marie Claire, "Uber Has a New Logo to Go With Its Big Brand Revamp," 12 Sep. 2018 As City Lab points out, switching to Clearview requires municipalities to purchase a standard license for the font—$175 for one font and up to $795 for the entire typeface family of 13 fonts—so cost might be a factor in the FHWA's decision. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "'Clearview' Road Sign Font to Slowly Disappear from U.S. Highways," 29 Jan. 2016 One shape is roughly the Hebrew letter beth in reverse, another looks like an ornamental C, a third like a lowercase I in some early digital typeface. New York Times, "What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week," 27 June 2018 In mostly black, uppercase, sans serif typeface, poetic rat-a-tat-tat grabs passersby on foot or wheels. Christopher Knight, latimes.com, "Artist Barbara Kruger turns a bland building into a screaming statement. Time to listen up," 14 June 2018 Volvo offers drivers a graphically beautiful gauge pod, with dials that have a touch of feathering and a nice typeface. Scott Sturgis, Philly.com, "Driving the 2018 Volvo XC60," 5 July 2018 But instead of transcribing letter for letter, Catalog is instead creating a printing press, where each typeface is represented by a small molecule of DNA. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "The Rise of DNA Data Storage," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of typeface

1887, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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English Language Learners Definition of typeface

: a set of letters, numbers, etc., that are all in the same style and that are used in printing

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