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[ kuh-lig-ruh-fee ]


  1. fancy penmanship, especially highly decorative handwriting, as with a great many flourishes:

    She appreciated the calligraphy of the 18th century.

  2. handwriting; penmanship.
  3. the art of writing beautifully:

    He studied calligraphy when he was a young man.

  4. a script, usually cursive, although sometimes angular, produced chiefly by brush, especially Chinese, Japanese, or Arabic writing of high aesthetic value.
  5. 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.


/ kəˈlɪɡrəfɪ; ˌkælɪˈɡræfɪk /


  1. handwriting, esp beautiful handwriting considered as an art Also calledchirography

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Derived Forms

  • calligraphic, adjective
  • calˈligrapher, noun
  • ˌcalliˈgraphically, adverb
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Other Words From

  • cal·ligra·pher cal·ligra·phist noun
  • cal·li·graph·ic [kal-i-, graf, -ik], calli·graphi·cal adjective
  • calli·graphi·cal·ly adverb
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Word History and Origins

Origin of calligraphy1

First recorded in 1605–15, calligraphy is from the Greek word kalligraphía beautiful writing. See calli-, -graphy
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Example Sentences

It portrays a gnarled tree overlaid with multicolored squiggles that might recall balloons, or some sort of calligraphy.

It’s universally available, it’s affordable, and it can be as simple as a note scrawled on a postcard or as complex as a work of calligraphy.

The paper is suitable for calligraphy pens, brush and ball pens, acrylic colors, watercolor, and more.

So he dropped out, exploring only the few classes that interested him; he took calligraphy.

Sora has been publicly practicing her Chinese calligraphy and studying Mandarin.

Hilda took the letter with apprehension, as she recognized the down-slanting calligraphy of Sarah Gailey.

The two notes looked harmless enough, and the calligraphy of one was vaguely familiar.

It was a good hand now, though the scamp would never be a professor of calligraphy.

Hence the introduction of calligraphy must be placed in 405.

In his later years Backhuysen employed his time in etching and calligraphy.


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