swash letter


noun

an ornamental italic capital letter having a flourish extending beyond the body of the type.

Nearby words

  1. swarthout,
  2. swarthy,
  3. swartkrans ape-man,
  4. swartzite,
  5. swash,
  6. swash plate,
  7. swashbuckle,
  8. swashbuckler,
  9. swashbuckling,
  10. swashing

Origin of swash letter

First recorded in 1675–85

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British Dictionary definitions for swash letter

swash letter

noun

printing a decorative letter, esp an ornamental italic capital

Word Origin for swash letter

C17 swash (n, in the sense: the decorative flourish of an ornamental letter) from aswash aslant

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