sans-serif

sans serif

[sanz]
noun Printing.
a style of monotonal type without serifs.

Origin:
1820–30

sans-serif [sanz-ser-if] , adjective
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sans serif or sanserif (sænˈsɛrɪf)
 
n
a style of printer's typeface in which the characters have no serifs
 
sanserif or sanserif
 
n

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sans-serif
1830, from Fr. sans "without" (see sans) + English serif, from earlier ceref, perhaps from Du. schreef "a line, a stroke," from schrijven "to write," from L. scribere. Short form sans recorded from 1927.
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