Definitions for calligraphykəˈlɪg rə fi

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

cal•lig•ra•phykəˈlɪg rə fi(n.)

  1. fancy penmanship or the art of writing beautifully.

  2. handwriting; penmanship.

  3. a script produced chiefly by brush, esp. Chinese, Japanese, or Arabic writing of high aesthetic value.

Origin of calligraphy:

1605–15; < Gk kalligraphía; see calli -, -graphy


Princeton's WordNet

  1. calligraphy, penmanship, chirography(noun)

    beautiful handwriting


  1. calligraphy(Noun)

    The art of writing letters and words with decorative strokes.

  2. calligraphy(Noun)

    The letters and words so produced, collectively.

  3. calligraphy(Noun)

    The art of writing fancy lettering.

  4. Origin: From καλλιγραφία, from κάλλος + γράφω.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Calligraphy(noun)

    fair or elegant penmanship


  1. Calligraphy

    Calligraphy is a type of visual art related to writing. It is the design and execution of lettering with a broad tip instrument or brush in one stroke. A contemporary definition of calligraphic practice is "the art of giving form to signs in an expressive, harmonious and skillful manner". The story of writing is one of aesthetic evolution framed within the technical skills, transmission speed and material limitations of a person, time and place. A style of writing is described as a script, hand or alphabet. Modern calligraphy ranges from functional hand-lettered inscriptions and designs to fine-art pieces where the abstract expression of the handwritten mark may or may not compromise the legibility of the letters. Classical calligraphy differs from typography and non-classical hand-lettering, though a calligrapher may create all of these; characters are historically disciplined yet fluid and spontaneous, at the moment of writing.

Anagrams of calligraphy

  1. graphically

Translations for calligraphy

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(the art of) beautiful, decorative handwriting.

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