- an ornamental italic capital letter having a flourish extending beyond the body of the type.
Origin of swash letter
First recorded in 1675–85
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- printing a decorative letter, esp an ornamental italic capital
C17 swash (n, in the sense: the decorative flourish of an ornamental letter) from aswash aslant
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