[ ser-if ]

  1. a smaller line used to finish off a main stroke of a letter, as at the top and bottom of M.

Origin of serif

1835–45; perhaps <Dutch schreef line (in writing), akin to schrijven to write
  • Also especially British, cer·iph .

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British Dictionary definitions for serif


rarely seriph

/ (ˈsɛrɪf) /

  1. printing a small line at the extremities of a main stroke in a type character

Origin of serif

C19: perhaps from Dutch schreef dash, probably of Germanic origin, compare Old High German screvōn to engrave

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