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swash letter

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noun
  1. an ornamental italic capital letter having a flourish extending beyond the body of the type.
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Origin of swash letter

First recorded in 1675–85
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British Dictionary definitions for swash letter

swash letter

noun
  1. printing a decorative letter, esp an ornamental italic capital
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Word Origin

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