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[kuh-lig-ruh-fee] /kəˈlɪg rə fi/
fancy penmanship, especially highly decorative handwriting, as with a great many flourishes:
She appreciated the calligraphy of the 18th century.
handwriting; penmanship.
the art of writing beautifully:
He studied calligraphy when he was a young man.
a script, usually cursive, although sometimes angular, produced chiefly by brush, especially Chinese, Japanese, or Arabic writing of high aesthetic value.
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 of calligraphy
1605-15; < Greek kalligraphía beautiful writing. See calli-, -graphy
Related forms
calligrapher, calligraphist, noun
[kal-i-graf-ik] /ˌkæl ɪˈgræf ɪk/ (Show IPA),
calligraphical, adjective
calligraphically, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for calligraphy
  • The history of calligraphy itself, however, was not peaceful.
  • His own calligraphy adorned the vessel and, according to the official line, his leadership has seen the project through.
  • She taught calligraphy and still displays a fine italic hand.
  • She is known for her complex abstractions, which incorporate graphic elements borrowed from architecture and calligraphy.
  • The stage floor was carpeted with large open books whose white pages were covered with bold calligraphy.
  • The discussions in this article seems to border on calligraphy vs typography.
  • She bares an undistinguished tattoo, a cross and calligraphy.
  • calligraphy often plays a leading role in them, and their painted borders can be as seductive as the images themselves.
  • Samurai generals practiced calligraphy, took up flower arranging, and played the lute.
  • As many fellow posters have pointed out, many simplified characters have been used in calligraphy many centuries ago.
British Dictionary definitions for calligraphy


handwriting, esp beautiful handwriting considered as an art Also called chirography
Derived Forms
calligrapher, calligraphist, noun
calligraphic (ˌkælɪˈɡræfɪk) adjective
calligraphically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for calligraphy

1610s, from Greek kaligraphia, from kallos "beauty" + graphein "to write" (see -graphy). Related: Calligraphic. The usual comb. form in Greek was kalli- "beautiful, fine, happy, favorable;" kalo- was a later, rarer alternative form.

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