Serif meaning

sĕr'ĭf
A fine line finishing off the main strokes of a letter, as at the top and bottom of M.
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A fine line projecting from a main stroke of a letter in common styles of type.
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Short horizontal lines added to the tops and bottoms of traditional typefaces, such as Times Roman. Contrast with sans-serif.
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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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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