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[buh-doh-nee; for 1 also Italian baw-daw-nee] /bəˈdoʊ ni; for 1 also Italian bɔˈdɔ ni/
[jahm-baht-tees-tah] /ˌdʒɑm bɑtˈtis tɑ/ (Show IPA),
1740–1813, Italian painter and printer.
Printing. a style of type based on a design by G. Bodoni. Unabridged
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  • To Bodoni more than anyone else the so-called modern-face is due.

    The Art of the Book Bernard H. Newdigate
  • Bodoni settled at Parma, and it was at Parma that he did most of his printing.

    Fine Books Alfred W. Pollard
  • The majuscules are especially ugly, being nearly always of the modern type which we owe to Bodoni.

    The Art of the Book Bernard H. Newdigate
  • One of the best specimens of Bodoni's typography is a respectable volume of inscriptions, all written by his friend Pacciaudi.

    The Works of Lord Byron, Volume 2 George Gordon Byron
  • The pica then produced was an improvement in the style of Bodoni, and quickly raised the foundry to its old position.

  • The examples of Baskerville at home and of Bodoni and other printers abroad had not been without effect on English printing.

    Fine Books Alfred W. Pollard
  • In this respect they differ greatly from those of Bodoni, whose types to Morris and his followers appeared weak and ugly.

    The Booklover and His Books Harry Lyman Koopman
  • Bodoni's letters play together with perfect accord, and his pages, as a whole, possess a statuesque if not a decorative beauty.

    The Booklover and His Books Harry Lyman Koopman
  • Certainly not; if we except some of the works from the press of Bodoni—which are oftentimes truly brilliant.

    Bibliomania; or Book-Madness

    Thomas Frognall Dibdin
British Dictionary definitions for Bodoni


a style of type designed by the Italian printer Giambattista Bodoni (1740–1813)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Bodoni

1880, typeface based on that used by celebrated Italian printer Giambattista Bodoni (1740-1813) of Parma. The modern type of this name is a composite of his many forms.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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