or El·se·vier, El·ze·vier

[el-zuh-veer, -ver, -suh-]


Louis,c1540–1617, Dutch printer: founder of a printing firm at Leyden (1591?) that was operated by his descendants through the 18th century.
a book produced by this printing house.
a style of printing type with firm hairlines and stubby serifs.


of or relating to the Elzevir family or the books it published.
indicating the type originated by this family.

Related formsEl·ze·vir·i·an, adjective
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Examples from the Web for elzevir

Historical Examples of elzevir

  • Brunet as an "Inchruler," 26—his description of an Elzevir Cæsar, ib.

    The Book-Hunter

    John Hill Burton

  • Elzevir Cæsar, Brunet's measurement of, 26—origin of its rarity, 66.

    The Book-Hunter

    John Hill Burton

  • No Elzevir p. 110is valuable unless it be clean and large in the margins.

    The Library

    Andrew Lang

  • The Elzevir family became famous on account of its duodecimos.

  • Difficult as the subject of the Elzevir press is, that of the Aldine press is more so.

    Book Collecting

    John Herbert Slater