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noun Printing.
  1. a size of type approximately 8-point, between minion and bourgeois.
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Origin of brevier

1590–1600; < German: literally, breviary; so called from use in printing breviaries
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  1. (formerly) a size of printer's type approximately equal to 8 point
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Word Origin for brevier

C16: probably from Dutch, literally: breviary; so called because this type size was used for breviaries
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