[ pey-lee-og-ruh-fee or, especially British, pal-ee- ]

  1. ancient forms of writing, as in documents and inscriptions.

  2. the study of ancient writing, including determination of date, decipherment, etc.

Origin of paleography

First recorded in 1810–20; paleo- + -graphy

Other words from paleography

  • pa·le·og·ra·pher, noun
  • pa·le·o·graph·ic [pey-lee-uh-graf-ik or, especially British, pal-ee-], /ˌpeɪ li əˈgræf ɪk or, especially British, ˌpæl i-/, pa·le·o·graph·i·cal, adjective
  • pa·le·o·graph·i·cal·ly, adverb

Words Nearby paleography Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

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