typography

noun
ty·​pog·​ra·​phy | \ tī-ˈpä-grə-fē How to pronounce typography (audio) \

Definition of typography

1 : letterpress printing
2 : the style, arrangement, or appearance of typeset matter

Examples of typography in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For the mother who appreciates the finer things, look no further than Smythson, whose delicate typography and weighty card stock telegraph elegance. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "11 Cute Mother’s Day Cards For Any Maternal Figure in Your Life," 14 Apr. 2021 The typography used on the original cover was based on Bodoni Poster, designed by Chauncey H. Griffith in 1929. Time Staff, Time, "TIME Releases 3 Special Edition NFT Magazine Covers for Auction," 22 Mar. 2021 But billboards aren’t designed for the paragraph-length typography found on several of them, which simply cannot be read at 55 mph. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Desert X has a great big wall. Beyond that, this art biennial feels thin," 16 Mar. 2021 There’s a similar highbrow-lowbrow thing going on with the typography. Wired Staff, Wired, "Soothe Yourself With a Picture Book About the Internet Dying," 18 Mar. 2021 Some of the new designs feature artistic photo prints of Sivan's face, while others use mixed media to combine logos and typography to spell out the star's name. Reassign This Byline, Billboard, "Troye Sivan Partners With Uniqlo for Exclusive T-Shirt Collaboration," 22 Feb. 2021 Among other problems, the typography makes the show a search engine nightmare. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, "‘Generation’ Tries to Capture the Chaos of Teen Angst," 11 Mar. 2021 Those arts include writing, reading, printing, bookbinding, papermaking, typography, calligraphy, poetry, fiction, memoir, artist’s books, comics, zines, publishing, conservation, history, and more, according to that proposal. Genevieve Bookwalter, chicagotribune.com, "Evanston City Council endorses plan to turn Harley Clarke Mansion into literary arts center," 9 Mar. 2021 Steve Jobs audited a course on calligraphy that helped shape the future aesthetic of Apple's typography. Arabella Delucco, Forbes, "How Creative Productivity Can Help Leaders Realize Their Purpose," 4 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of typography

1610, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for typography

Medieval Latin typographia, from Greek typos impression, cast + -graphia -graphy — more at type entry 1

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20 Apr 2021

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“Typography.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/typography. Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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typography

noun

English Language Learners Definition of typography

: the work of producing printed pages from written material
: the style, arrangement, or appearance of printed letters on a page

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