Origin of typeface

First recorded in 1900–05; type + face
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Related Words for typeface

font, case, boldface, roman, italic, agate, pica

Examples from the Web for typeface

Contemporary Examples of typeface

  • A loose-fitting, almost Roman dress reflected what Lagerfeld described in the show notes as a “Roman typeface of design.”

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    Fendi Spring/ Summer 2014: Karl's Dreamland

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    September 19, 2013

  • The italics are Hoberman's, but the words would be shocking in any typeface.

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    April 23, 2011

British Dictionary definitions for typeface



another name for face (def. 17)
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Word Origin and History for typeface

also type-face, 1873, from type (n.) + face (n.).

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