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[awl-dahyn, -deen]
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  1. of or from the press of Aldus Manutius and his family in Venice, c1490–1597, noted for compactly printed editions of the classics.
  1. an Aldine or other early edition.
  2. any of several styles of printing types modeled on those designed by Aldus, especially italic.

Origin of Aldine

1795–1805; < Italian aldino, equivalent to Ald(o) Manuzio (see Aldo Manutius) + -ino -ine1
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  1. relating to Aldus Manutius (1450–1515), Italian printer, or to his editions of the classics
  1. a book printed by the Aldine press
  2. any of the several typefaces designed by Aldus Manutius
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Word Origin and History for aldine



type font, 1837, from Aldus Manutius (1450-1515), Venetian printer who used it in his popular editions of Greek and Roman classics. His name is a Latinized form of Italian Aldo Manuzio, the first name short for Teobaldo (see Theobald), and, like so many Italian masc. given names, of Germanic origin. The device characteristic of Aldine books is a figure of a dolphin on an anchor.

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