Also especially British, cer·iph.

Origin of serif

1835–45; perhaps < Dutch schreef line (in writing), akin to schrijven to write Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for serif


rarely seriph

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

Word Origin for serif

C19: perhaps from Dutch schreef dash, probably of Germanic origin, compare Old High German screvōn to engrave
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Word Origin and History for serif

in typography, 1841, earlier ceref (1827); see sans-serif.

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