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sans serif

[sanz] /sænz/
noun, Printing.
1.
a style of monotonal type without serifs.
Origin
1820-1830
1820-30
Related forms
sans-serif
[sanz-ser-if] /ˌsænzˈsɛr ɪf/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for sans-serif

sans serif

/sænˈsɛrɪf/
noun
1.
a style of printer's typeface in which the characters have no serifs
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Word Origin and History for sans-serif

also sanserif, 1830, from French sans "without" (see sans) + English serif, from earlier ceref, perhaps from Dutch schreef "a line, a stroke," related to schrijven "to write," from Latin scribere (see script (n.)).

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Encyclopedia Article for sans-serif

sans serif

in printing, a style of roman letter stripped of its serif-i.e., such embellishments as the vertical line at the end of the top right and lower left curved segments of the letter "s," the base line on which the lowercase "n," "m," and "l" rest, etc. Though the concept of such a type has challenged recent designers, the face itself is used largely for display purposes, in which continuous reading is not a requirement. Inconclusive tests appear to indicate that the roman face is easier to read with serifs than without them. It has been suggested, again inconclusively, that the sans serif type suffers in that its characters, when printed, tend somehow to stand out as individual letters rather than as parts of words

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