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[tahy-pog-ruh-fee] /taɪˈpɒg rə fi/
the art or process of printing with type.
the work of setting and arranging types and of printing from them.
the general character or appearance of printed matter.
Origin of typography
1635-45; < New Latin typographia, equivalent to Greek týpo(s) type + graphía -graphy
Can be confused
topography, typography. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for typography
  • To the rest of us, the world of typography has been a distant and inscrutable place.
  • It was the first computer with beautiful typography.
  • Old ways with grammar and typography were also rejected.
  • Seven artists are featured in this exhibition of works use language, text or typography to convey meaning.
  • Digital cameras will capture every original detail, from typography to paper surface.
  • The use of typography is the linchpin to the program.
  • We've invented a simple syntax that handles basic typography even in plain text.
  • Although many people don't acknowledge it, they are constantly influenced by typography.
  • Many web developers don't know much about fonts and typography.
  • My apologies for the hideous typography of this post.
British Dictionary definitions for typography


the art, craft, or process of composing type and printing from it
the selection and planning of type for printed publications
Derived Forms
typographical (ˌtaɪpəˈɡræfɪkəl), typographic, adjective
typographically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for typography

1640s, from French typographie, from Medieval Latin typographia, from Greek typos (see type (n.)) + -grapheia "writing," from graphein "to write" (see -graphy).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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