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calligraphy Line breaks: cal¦lig|raphy
Pronunciation: /kəˈlɪɡrəfi/

Definition of calligraphy in English:


[mass noun]
1Decorative handwriting or handwritten lettering: a label written in admirable calligraphy
More example sentences
  • This attention to detail, beauty, and muscle control can later be transferred to cursive writing and beautiful calligraphy.
  • He handed me a note, folded neatly down the middle and lettered in flowing calligraphy.
  • It was a simple, yet elegant invitation - all white, with a little emboss of flowers and the information written in calligraphy.
1.1The art of producing decorative handwriting or lettering with a pen or brush: you could watch professionals demonstrating lettering and calligraphy [with modifier]: Japanese calligraphy
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  • Qianlong proves a generous patron of the arts, supporting classical calligraphy, poetry and painting.
  • Later, the guqin was regarded as one of the four required arts for ancient Chinese scholars, including the art of Go, calligraphy and painting.
  • It was noted that most students lack a thorough background in typography, lettering and calligraphy.


Early 17th century: from Greek kalligraphia, from kalligraphos 'person who writes beautifully', from kallos 'beauty' + graphein 'write'.

  • This is from Greek kalligraphia, from kallos ‘beauty’ and graphein ‘write’. In callisthenics (early 19th century) (US calisthenics) kallos is combined with sthenos ‘strength’.



Pronunciation: /kəˈlɪɡrəfə/
Example sentences
  • Archaeological discoveries from the Bronze Age also found that ancient Chinese calligraphers painted characters on tortoise shells.
  • It seems to me that the use of calligraphy is changing, as so many calligraphers are leaning towards fine art.
  • Today's calligraphers believe it is impossible to advance beyond the artistic peak achieved by their predecessors, although they are trying hard to keep the ancient art form alive.


Pronunciation: /ˌkalɪˈɡrafɪk/
Example sentences
  • Poetry led to calligraphy in both the scripts and explorations of calligraphic space led to architecture.
  • I'd used quills before, and would much rather use a ballpoint or even a modern calligraphic pen.
  • In compiling these texts, he developed a new calligraphic script.


Pronunciation: /kəˈlɪɡrəfɪst/
Example sentences
  • The calligraphist had given each letter a shadow, so that the words seemed to hover just over the page.
  • Also in the garden, inscriptions of the noted calligraphists lure many lovers of oriental culture.
  • People were all in high spirits with Spring Festival scrolls written by officials and calligraphists in hand.

Words that rhyme with calligraphy

epigraphy, tachygraphy

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