sans serif


Origin of sans serif

First recorded in 1820–30
Related formssans-ser·if [sanz-ser-if] /ˌsænzˈsɛr ɪf/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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sans serif


  1. a style of printer's typeface in which the characters have no serifs
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Word Origin and History for sans-serif

also sanserif, 1830, from French sans "without" (see sans) + English serif, from earlier ceref, perhaps from Dutch schreef "a line, a stroke," related to schrijven "to write," from Latin scribere (see script (n.)).

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