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copperplate

[kop-er-pleyt] /ˈkɒp ərˌpleɪt/
noun
1.
a plate of polished copper on which a writing, picture, or design is made by engraving or etching.
2.
a print or impression from such a plate.
3.
engraving or printing of this kind.
4.
a fine, elegant style of handwriting.
Origin
1655-1665
1655-65; copper1 + plate1
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Examples from the web for copperplate
  • From the outset, with his blotted and irregular attempts at copperplate handwriting, he mildly exasperated his teachers.
  • Tappan received a public school education followed by an apprenticeship to a copperplate printer and engraver.
  • The new process allowed him to illuminate his own manuscripts at home, using an acid- resistant varnish and copperplate.
British Dictionary definitions for copperplate

copperplate

/ˈkɒpəˌpleɪt/
noun
1.
a polished copper plate on which a design has been etched or engraved
2.
a print taken from such a plate
3.
a fine handwriting based upon that used on copperplate engravings
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