Serif definition

sĕrĭf
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(printing) A fine line projecting from a main stroke of a letter in common styles of type.
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(typography) A short line added to the tops and bottoms of traditional typefaces, such as Times Roman.
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A fine line finishing off the main strokes of a letter, as at the top and bottom of M.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
serif
Plural:
serifs

Origin of serif

  • Perhaps from Dutch schreef line from Middle Dutch scrēve from scriven to write from Latin scrībere skrībh- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • ceref, maybe from Dutch schreef.

    From Wiktionary