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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 Finalist: Shriya Vanparia; Coppell High School Shriya’s sophisticated use of typography and design is a clear standout in this category, especially on the Food Enterprise piece. Dallas News, "Student journalists win Dallas Morning News contest for covering tornadoes, homecoming, vaping and more," 20 Apr. 2020 The magazine’s revamped look signals a new chapter in its creative evolution, encompassing a new logo and a fresh approach to typography, layout, photography, and illustration. Press Release, The New Republic, "The New Republic Announces New Hires, Podcast and Launches New Visual Identity with March Issue," 20 Mar. 2020 At first the arrangements seem random, or merely artistic — typography meant to be seen but not read. Elisa Gabbert, New York Times, "In Defense of Poetic Nonsense, With a Character Who Shares Your Frustration," 3 Mar. 2020 Schneider says the map gave them a deeper insight into the country's typography and highway system. Edward C. Baig, USA TODAY, "Move aside, Google Maps, Apple Maps and GPS: Why people still love their paper maps," 8 Feb. 2020 For example, the website will include new fonts and typography, as well as different colors. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, "Shipt unveils new logo, ad campaign coming," 6 Feb. 2020 To differentiate these perspectives, Mr. Olsen likes to toy with typography. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: A Headlong City Symphony," 24 Jan. 2020 For somebody to actually appreciate typography and the power of type on screen is refreshing. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "The 2010s were a veritable golden age of opening credits in television," 30 Dec. 2019 Neon, chrome, veneer; historical typography, the New York of the past. Joshua Rothman, The New Yorker, "How William Gibson Keeps His Science Fiction Real," 9 Dec. 2019

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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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The first known use of typography was in 1610

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21 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Typography.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/typography. Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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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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