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serif

[ser-if] /ˈsɛr ɪf/
noun, Printing.
1.
a smaller line used to finish off a main stroke of a letter, as at the top and bottom of M.
Origin of serif
1835-1845
1835-45; perhaps < Dutch schreef line (in writing), akin to schrijven to write
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serif

/ˈsɛrɪf/
noun
1.
(printing) a small line at the extremities of a main stroke in a type character
Word Origin
C19: perhaps from Dutch schreef dash, probably of Germanic origin, compare Old High German screvōn to engrave
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Word Origin and History for serif
n.

in typography, 1841, earlier ceref (1827); see sans-serif.

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