- a smaller line used to finish off a main stroke of a letter, as at the top and bottom of M.
Origin of serif
Examples from the Web for serif
Historical Examples of serif
A very thin line or serif is apt to be lost in the background.
Serif—The short cross-line or tick at the end of the main strokes in roman letters.Type
A. A. Stewart
Then start similarly at the extreme right-hand point of the bottom Serif, and cut the right side of the stroke.
- printing a small line at the extremities of a main stroke in a type character
Word Origin for serif
in typography, 1841, earlier ceref (1827); see sans-serif.