Printing a fine line projecting from a main stroke of a letter in common styles of type
Origin of serifDutch schreef, a stroke, line from schrijven, to write from Classical Latin scribere: see scribe
A fine line finishing off the main strokes of a letter, as at the top and bottom of M.
Origin of serifPerhaps from Dutch schreef line from Middle Dutch scrēve from scriven to write from Latin scrībere ; see skrībh- in Indo-European roots.
left: serif typeface
right: sans serif typeface
ceref, maybe from Dutch schreef.