Definition of serif in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsɛrɪf/


A slight projection finishing off a stroke of a letter in certain typefaces. Compare with sans serif.
Example sentences
  • On paper it's easier to read serif fonts, because the serifs help the letters blend together and it is physically easier on the eyes and brain.
  • It makes a nice contrast with the serif fonts we use for body text, and manages to convey both the technical expertise and relative newness of the company.
  • Have the guidelines for the electronic environment been validated, or are they like the ‘truism’ that a typeface with serifs is more readable than one without them?



Example sentences
  • That's a cool, subtly seriffed font.
  • In the context of a seriffed font, the euro symbol will be seriffed, too.


Mid 19th century: perhaps from Dutch schreef 'dash, line', of Germanic origin.

Words that rhyme with serif


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