Definition of sans serif in English:

sans serif

Line breaks: sans serif
Pronunciation: /san ˈsɛrɪf
(also sanserif)


[mass noun]
  • A style of type without serifs.
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    • Serif and sans-serif have no meaning to them, let alone when it's best to use one over the other.
    • ‘Powered by Mallard Fuel Cells’ was written on the sides in white sans-serif.’


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  • Without serifs.
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    • However, most content on sites can be sorted into the family areas of serif, or sans-serif, with either having a decent fit into the scheme of the design.
    • Each element included the phrase ‘en route’ applied in a highly legible uppercase black sans-serif font, not more than a foot high, bracketed above and below with two bright-blue horizontal bars.
    • A nice sans-serif typeface would be ideal but is not sufficient to function as a stand-alone identity.


mid 19th century: apparently from French sans 'without' + serif.

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