calligraphy

[kuh-lig-ruh-fee]
noun
1.
fancy penmanship, especially highly decorative handwriting, as with a great many flourishes: She appreciated the calligraphy of the 18th century.
2.
handwriting; penmanship.
3.
the art of writing beautifully: He studied calligraphy when he was a young man.
4.
a script, usually cursive, although sometimes angular, produced chiefly by brush, especially Chinese, Japanese, or Arabic writing of high aesthetic value.
5.
Fine Arts. line or a group of lines either derived from or resembling letter forms and characterized by qualities usually associated with cursive writing, especially that produced with a brush or pen.

Origin:
1605–15; < Greek kalligraphía beautiful writing. See calli-, -graphy

calligrapher, calligraphist, noun
calligraphic [kal-i-graf-ik] , calligraphical, adjective
calligraphically, adverb
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calligraphy (kəˈlɪɡrəfɪ)
 
n
Also called: chirography handwriting, esp beautiful handwriting considered as an art
 
cal'ligrapher
 
n
 
cal'ligraphist
 
n
 
calligraphic
 
adj
 
calli'graphically
 
adv

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calligraphy
1610s, from Gk. kaligraphia, from kallos "beauty" + graphein "to write" (see graph). Related: Calligraphic. The usual comb. form in Gk. was kalli- "beautiful, fine, happy, favorable;" kalo- was a later, rarer alternative form.
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Example sentences for calligraphic
The cursive script is not in general use, and is a purely artistic calligraphic style.
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