- fancy penmanship, especially highly decorative handwriting, as with a great many flourishes: She appreciated the calligraphy of the 18th century.
- handwriting; penmanship.
- the art of writing beautifully: He studied calligraphy when he was a young man.
- a script, usually cursive, although sometimes angular, produced chiefly by brush, especially Chinese, Japanese, or Arabic writing of high aesthetic value.
- Fine Arts. line or a group of lines either derived from or resembling letter forms and characterized by qualities usually associated with cursive writing, especially that produced with a brush or pen.
Origin of calligraphy
Related Words for calligraphywriting, print, handwriting, script, calligraphy, manuscript, scrawl, longhand, chirography, fist, hand, penmanship, letters, characters, scribble, autograph, cuneiform, shorthand, hieroglyphics, style
Examples from the Web for calligraphy
Contemporary Examples of calligraphy
Sora has been publicly practicing her Chinese calligraphy and studying Mandarin.Porn Star Sora Aoi Is Taking China by Storm
Isaac Stone Fish
May 20, 2011
Historical Examples of calligraphy
Calligraphy and poetry are mixed up together in the Chinese mind.Fir-Flower Tablets
Hence the introduction of calligraphy must be placed in 405.
Ibn Abi Sarh was well versed in the arts of calligraphy and horsemanship.The Life of Mohammad
This was the work of Behrisch, who was a virtuoso in calligraphy.The Youth of Goethe
Peter Hume Brown
Nevertheless, the calligraphy and borderwork are the best parts of his performance.Illuminated Manuscripts
John W. Bradley
- handwriting, esp beautiful handwriting considered as an artAlso called: chirography
Word Origin and History for calligraphy
1610s, from Greek kaligraphia, from kallos "beauty" + graphein "to write" (see -graphy). Related: Calligraphic. The usual comb. form in Greek was kalli- "beautiful, fine, happy, favorable;" kalo- was a later, rarer alternative form.