a smaller line used to finish off a main stroke of a letter, as at the top and bottom of M.
- Also especially British, cer·iph .
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How to use serif in a sentence
The bold contrasting strokes, strong verticality and easily recognizable serifs and ball terminals were perfectly suited for advertisements, posters and signs in the early 20th century.TIME Releases 3 Special Edition NFT Magazine Covers for Auction | TIME Staff | March 22, 2021 | Time
GNL loses one for the ugh quality of its sans serif supered on sickly green and gray tints.
Text shown in bold sans-serif type was printed in blackletter (Gothic).The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman | Laurence Sterne
Text in sans-serif type was originally printed in blackletter (Gothic, Old English).The Path-Way to Knowledg | Robert Record
The parts originally printed in Roman type are here shown in a sans-serif font to keep the visual distinction.
British Dictionary definitions for serif
printing a small line at the extremities of a main stroke in a type character
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