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[awl-dahyn, -deen] /ˈɔl daɪn, -din/
of or from the press of Aldus Manutius and his family in Venice, c1490–1597, noted for compactly printed editions of the classics.
an Aldine or other early edition.
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 Unabridged
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  • The Title-page is ornamented with the Aldine device and motto as in No.

  • Those who worked in earnest for the Aldine press were chiefly Venetians.

    Renaissance in Italy, Volume 2 (of 7) John Addington Symonds
  • The Aldine edition had been reprinted at Basel by Froben in 1513.

    Against War Erasmus
  • No; two fellows at the Aldine Club have talked me into joining them.

    Those Dale Girls Frank Weston Carruth
  • Difficult as the subject of the Elzevir press is, that of the Aldine press is more so.

    Book Collecting John Herbert Slater
  • With the death of Paulus, the glory of the Aldine press departed.

    Book Collecting John Herbert Slater
  • But they have younger fellows in the bunch over at Aldine, I'm sure.

    The Banner Boy Scouts George A. Warren
  • A person who, if his life depended on it, could not have told an Aldine from an Elzevir.

    The Divine Fire

    May Sinclair
  • About the same time Blake wrote a poem called “Tiriel,” which will be found in the Aldine edition of his poetical works.

    William Blake Irene Langridge
British Dictionary definitions for Aldine


/ˈɔːldaɪn; -diːn/
relating to Aldus Manutius (1450–1515), Italian printer, or to his editions of the classics
a book printed by the Aldine press
any of the several typefaces designed by Aldus Manutius
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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