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lightface

[lahyt-feys] /ˈlaɪtˌfeɪs/ Printing.
noun
1.
a type characterized by thin, light lines.
This is a sample of lightface.
adjective
2.
Also, light-faced. (of printed matter) set in lightface.
Compare boldface.
Origin of lightface
1870-1875
1870-75; light2 + face
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Historical Examples
  • Figures in light face type refer to the text, those in the heavier type to illustrations.

    The Mountain that was 'God' John H. Williams
  • It is a letter of a clean, light face, and in many ways might serve as a model for a book type for general use.

    The Art of the Book Bernard H. Newdigate
British Dictionary definitions for light face

light face

noun
1.
a weight of type characterized by light thin lines Compare bold face
adjective
2.
(of type) having this weight
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