calligraphy

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An example of calligraphy

Etymology[edit]

From French calligraphie, from Ancient Greek καλλιγραφία (kalligrafía, pretty writing), from κάλλος (kállos, beauty) + γράφω (gráfo, to draw).

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  • enPR: kə-lĭg'rə-fi, IPA(key): /kəˈlɪɡrəfi/

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calligraphy (countable and uncountable, plural calligraphies)

  1. The art of writing letters and words with decorative strokes.
    • 2008 March 15, Roberta Smith, “Fair Goes From Feast to Tasting Menu”, New York Times:
      Around the corner, at Goedhuis, among more contemporary calligraphies, the fat and fuzzy brushwork of Zeng Yizeng (born 1973) stands out.
  2. The letters and words so produced, collectively.
  3. The art of writing fancy lettering.

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