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.