[buh-doh-nee; for 1 also Italian baw-daw-nee]


Giam·bat·tis·ta [jahm-baht-tees-tah] /ˌdʒɑm bɑtˈtis tɑ/, 1740–1813, Italian painter and printer.
Printing. a style of type based on a design by G. Bodoni. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bodoni

Contemporary Examples of bodoni

  • You start identifying the Helvetica on a subway sign or the Bodoni in a Bible.

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    Mad About Fonts

    Malcolm Jones

    October 4, 2011

Historical Examples of bodoni

  • 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 pica then produced was an improvement in the style of Bodoni, and quickly raised the foundry to its old position.

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 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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